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UPDATE: Charges referred in downtown Madison sex assault

Robert D. Rickaby, 22, of Portage Robert D. Rickaby, 22, of Portage

MADISON (WKOW) -- Nine sexual assaults reported in downtown Madison: now a Portage man faces serious charges.

Police believe 22-year-old Robert D. Rickaby of Portage is behind at least one of those downtown sexual assaults. They're working to link him to more of the assaults that happened between 11 Sunday night and 10:00 Monday morning.

Police say they've referred charges of second-degree sexual assault, and false imprisonment to the Dane County district attorney for one of those assault cases. They say they expect to refer more charges Wednesday.

The 22-year-old told investigators he was visiting friends in Madison at the time of the assaults.

Police say he lives in Portage. Neighbors say he works at a railway company there. A U.S Army Reserves representative confirms Rickaby enlisted in the reserves in January of 2007.

Neighbors say Rickaby kept to himself.

Ashley Alexander, a neighbor, says, "He's quiet.. I don't think he even says hi when you walk by... sometimes he's gone for days at a time."

Rickaby also has a pending fourth degree sexual assault case in Sauk County. According to the criminal complaint, Rickaby grabbed a woman's skirt at a Lake Delton Resort, and pulled it up. That's when he pulled down her shirt, exposing her bra. She screamed and pushed him; he ran away.

We're also learning more about the nature of these sexual assaults. Police say they involved groping, some with vengeance, some underneath clothing.

UW-Police say they've referred one charge so far and will be referring more Wednesday.

Rickaby will stay in the Dane County jail until a court appearance.


MADISON (WKOW) --  UW-Madison Police have released the name of the man who may be involved with multiple sex assaults in downtown Madison Monday.

Robert D. Rickaby, 22, of Portage is charged with second degree sexual assault and false imprisonment. Authorities say it is second degree sexual assault because it involved contact under the clothing.

The charge comes from an early morning assault that occurred at 21 N. Park Street on Monday.

Ruth Ewing from the UW Police Department says when detectives were questioning Robert Rickaby he told police he was visiting friends in Madison. His car was impounded. Police say they did take items from the vehicle that were evidence but won't say what they were.

The attorney who represented Rickaby on fourth degree sexual assault misdemeanor charges in Sauk County talked to 27 News on the phone. He says he has not been contacted by Rickaby on this case. Rickaby's lawyer says Rickaby has a good work history, service in the army and no convicted criminal past.

There are also multiple additional charges pending. UWPD expects those to be referred to the Dane County District Attorney on Wednesday.

UW-Madison and City of Madison Police Departments have been working jointly on the cases and are asking anyone who may have been a victim in a similar attack to call Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 266-6014.

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