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Former Badger recruit charged with felony sex assault

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A former UW football recruit was charged Monday with felony sexual assault, with authorities stating the crime took place on the weekend of an official recruiting visit to campus.

The third degree sexual assault charge against 18-year old Dominic Cizauskas comes three days after Cizauskas played for Mukwonago's high school basketball team in the WIAA state tournament in Madison.

Cizauskas appeared for a Dane County Court hearing Monday and was released on a $500 signature bond. As part of his bond conditions, Cizauskas is to have no contact with the alleged victim and is not allowed to consume alcohol. Court Commissioner Todd Meuer also barred Cizauskas from the UW-Madison campus.

A criminal complaint states Cizauskas sexually assaulted an acquaintance in her campus dormitory room early on the morning of Dec. 14.

The complaint states Cizauskas arrived at the UW-Madison student's room over her objections, and told her he consumed ten liquor shots, before the alleged assault took place.

Cizauskas and his attorney, Marcus Berghahn, declined comment to 27 News as they left the Dane County courthouse.

The web site BadgerNation lists Cizauskas as having made an official recruiting visit to Madison the weekend of Dec. 13. UW-Madison Athletics associate athletic director Justin Doherty tells 27 News NCAA rules prohibit comment on a recruit's official visit to a campus.

In a report posted on BadgerNation Dec. 16, Cizauskas is quoted as identifying a Badgers linebacker as a "great host" during his visit.

"He showed me what college life is like and how everyone is preparing for finals," Cizauskas told BadgerNation.

27 News has been unable to reach the Badger player who hosted Cizauskas' visit. Court documents do not reference the player in connection with the events leading up to what authorities say was Cizauskas' sex crime.

In February, UW-Athletic Department officials announced football recruits who had signed letters of intent to attend UW, but omitted Cizauskas.

Cizauskas did not play in two high school basketball games in the middle of the season, but school officials have declined to comment on his absence.

A UW-Madison police spokesperson says Cizauskas was arrested Jan. 2, and Dane County Sheriff's records show Cizauskas was booked into the Dane County jail on that date and later released on the same day.

Dane County Assistant District Attorney Matthew Moeser tells 27 News the decision to charge Cizauskas was not timed to allow his appearance in the state high school basketball tournament before an initial court appearance. Moeser says the timing of the charge coincided with the availability of Cizauskas' attorney.

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