A prized University of Wisconsin football recruit was charged Monday with third-degree sexual assault for allegedly raping a woman in her dorm room on the UW-Madison campus in December.
Dominic D. Cizauskas, 18, a linebacker from Mukwonago, allegedly showed up at the woman’s dorm drunk on Dec. 14, undressed her and raped her after the two had exchanged text messages, according to a criminal complaint filed in Dane County Circuit Court.
“I tried to make excuses trying to get him to leave,” the woman told police, adding that she told him “no” several times. “I didn’t know what to do. I was by myself, my roommate went home for the weekend and he’s a 200-pound football player and he had been drinking.”
Cizauskas appeared in court Monday, where he was released on a signature bond and ordered not to have any contact with the woman or to be anywhere on the UW-Madison campus. He is scheduled to be back in court on March 31.
In June, Cizauskas committed to attend UW. He was supposed to be part of the 2014 recruiting class but did not sign a letter of intent in February.
On signing day, UW coach Gary Andersen was hopeful Cizauskas might still eventually sign with the Badgers.
UW Athletic Department spokesman Brian Lucas said that because Cizauskas has not signed a letter of intent he is still a prospective student-athlete, meaning UW is not allowed to comment on his recruitment under NCAA rules.
Cizauskas was suspended from the Mukwonago High School basketball team in February for an unspecified violation of the school’s athletic code. He later returned to the team and played in the WIAA state tournament last week. Mukwonago lost to Neenah on Friday night in the Division 1 semifinals.
Deputy District Attorney Michelle Viste said the criminal complaint was filed when Cizauskas and his lawyer were available to appear in court, and the timing had nothing to do with the WIAA tournament.
As a senior in football, Cizauskas, 6-foot-2, 250 pounds, was named the state’s defensive player of the year by the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association. He has drawn comparisons to star UW linebacker Chris Borland.
According to the complaint:
The woman told police that Cizauskas was visiting UW-Madison Dec. 13-15. She had been in contact with him by text message, and about 12:30 a.m. on Dec. 14 he sent her a racy message suggesting he come visit. The woman told police she was studying for a final exam that night and tried to dissuade Cizauskas from coming over.
Surveillance video showed him arriving at the dorm shortly before 1 a.m. on Dec. 14. The woman said Cizauskas walked into her unlocked dorm room after she heard him in the hall asking for directions to her room.
When he arrived, the woman said, Cizauskas told her that he had drunk 10 shots within a half-hour. She told police that after he raped her he left about 2 a.m. but later claimed in a text message to her that she had agreed to have sex with him.
A friend of the woman told police that just after 2 a.m. he received three calls from the woman and answered the third. He said she was hysterical and crying to the point that he couldn’t understand her. The friend went to see her, and she told him about being raped by Cizauskas.
In February, the woman told police that she’d had consensual sex with Cizauskas in the past, the last time in June. She said after that they sometimes exchanged flirtatious text messages, but she made various excuses to avoid having sex with him again.
— State Journal reporter Tom Mulhern contributed to this report.