Football recruit waives hearing, pleads not guilty

2014-04-01T04:45:00Z Football recruit waives hearing, pleads not guiltyED TRELEVEN | Wisconsin State Journal | etreleven@madison.com | 608-252-6134 madison.com

A University of Wisconsin football recruit pleaded not guilty Monday to a third-degree sexual assault charge stemming from the alleged rape of a woman in her campus dorm room in December.

Dominic D. Cizauskas, 18, of Mukwonago, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Monday, and his lawyer, Tim Verhoff, stated the not guilty plea on his behalf.

Cizauskas was charged March 17 for the alleged Dec. 14 incident. According to a criminal complaint, Cizauskas showed up drunk at the woman’s dorm on the UW-Madison campus after they had exchanged text messages, then undressed and raped her.

The woman told police she was helpless to stop Cizauskas because of his size and strength. Cizauskas is listed at 6-foot-2 and 250 pounds.

A linebacker, Cizauskas orally committed to Wisconsin in June but did not sign a letter of intent in February with the 2014 recruiting class. The Athletic Department has said it cannot comment on the high school senior’s status under NCAA rules because he has not signed a letter of intent.

Cizauskas was named defensive player of the year in 2013 by the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association.

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