LOS ANGELES (WKOW) -- A Los Angeles Police Department official told 27 News an investigation has been launched into former UW-Madison administrator John Chadima's alleged sexual assault of a student-employee at a party in a Los Angeles hotel days before the Rose Bowl.
"We are looking into the matter," detective Jesse Alvarado told 27 News.
Chadima resigned days after the party. His party actions were reviewed by former Dane County judge Patrick Fiedler at the request of UW-Madison interim chancellor David Ward. Fiedler also carried out a subsequent review of Chadima's alleged, past actions with another student-employee and a former UW football player.
Sue Hoffenberg of Madison told 27 News she filed a citizen's complaint with the LAPD over concerns no criminal justice review had taken place of Chadima's alleged actions.
In a March 21 letter to Hoffenberg, LAPD Lieutenant Yana Horvatich was unambiguous about the department's intentions.
"A criminal investigation has been initiated in this case and will be investigated by our Robbery-Homicide Division's Special Assault Section."
Hoffenberg, a former Madison teacher, told 27 News her motivation for formally petitioning California authorities was based on Chadima's lack of any record to warn others of his criminal potential.
"My concerns were that just like the Catholic Church has had the issue of people who were accused of sexual offenses and then moved from one location to the next to reoffend, we have a person we believe may have committed a sexual offense."
UW Police Captain Johnnie Diamante said department personnel have been in touch with their LAPD counterparts and will assist with the investigation, if needed.
Diamante said a UW Police investigation continues in connection with the accusations made against Chadima by the two other men.
On behalf of UW-Madison, officials have said all three victims have not wanted to speak with police for the purposes of cooperating with any criminal investigation.
Alvarado declined comment on whether the 22-year old student-employee victim of the Rose Bowl week party is cooperating with the current investigation.
The UW-Madison review stated Chadima allowed underage drinking at the party; convinced the student-employee to linger after other party-goers left; and threatened the victim with job repercussions, after the victim protested when Chadima unbuckled the victim's belt and placed his hand in the victim's pants.
The second review also stated the other two men alleged Chadima had acted inappropriately, with the other student-employee alleging a touching incident at a different party from a past UW Badgers bowl appearance.
Chadima's attorney, Charles Giesen, has yet to respond to a request for comment from 27 News.
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