A suspended UW-Madison student accused of sexually assaulting multiple women is facing more charges. Madison police say on October 20, Cook turned himself in after another victim came forward to report she had also been sexually assaulted by him in February.
In a campus-wide email at noon, university officials said Cook posted bail and will be released from jail. Van Wagner added they plan on filing a motion to dismiss some of the new complaints.
Cook posted bail nearly immediately after a county judge cut the cash requirement for his bail in half at a hearing this morning where his lawyers requested that he be released from jail on a signature bond.
"We took them at their word", Van Wagner said, explaining why he and Nicholson didn't initially challenge the original $200,000 bail that has kept Cook in jail since October.
Nicholson believes the new charges were filed as a direct response to their motion to reduce bail.
"The way that they restructured the criminal complaint is to give what I would suggest is a false appearance of escalating behavior", Nicholson said.
Court records obtained by PEOPLE confirm the new charges - two for stalking, three for disorderly conduct and a single fourth-degree sexual assault count - follow recent complaints filed by six of Cook's alleged victims. 6 new charges were filed on December 14.
Calling the notification an "invitation for vigilante justice", Van Wagner said he was astonished and upset the university sent out the alert.
Assistant Attorney General Michelle Viste, who argued the state's case at the bail hearing, declined to comment after the hearing. He is also banned from using social media. He can not be in Dane County without a parent or his attorneys, and only for court appearances or a university disciplinary hearing, which hasn't yet been set.
Cook was charged in October in a 15-count sexual assault case involving five women.
His preliminary hearing on the charges has been set for 1 p.m. January 20, and his attorneys at that time will seek to dismiss some of the charges, according to one of his attorneys, Jessa Nicholson Goetz. Cook has been charged with a total of 21 felonies and misdemeanors related to the accusations.