Dominic Cizauskas charged with rape

Updated: March 17, 2014, 5:59 PM ET
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com

Wisconsin recruit Dominic Cizauskas has been charged with third-degree sexual assault stemming from an alleged incident at a university dorm room in December.

Cizauskas, a linebacker from Mukwonago, Wis., verbally committed to Wisconsin in June and had been expected to sign with the program last month but did not. The 18-year-old was charged Monday, released on a signature bond and ordered not to have contact with the accuser or enter Wisconsin's campus.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Dane County Circuit Court, Cizauskas showed up at the accuser's dorm room Dec. 14 after exchanging text messages with her. Cizauskas, who the woman said had been drinking, allegedly forced the woman to have non-consensual sex. She told police that she and Cizauskas previously had engaged in consensual sex, most recently in June 2013, but she since had tried to avoid him.

Cizauskas is scheduled to appear March 31 in court for a status hearing.

NCAA rules prohibit Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen or any school officials from commenting publicly about unsigned recruits. ESPN Recruiting ranks Cizauskas as the No. 5 player in Wisconsin in the 2014 class.

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