Former UW football recruit found guilty of sex assault

Cizauskas was on official recruiting visit to campus last December
Former UW football recruit found guilty of sex assault
Dominic Cizauskas

A former University of Wisconsin football recruit was found guilty of third-degree sexual assault Wednesday.

Dominic Cizauskas, a former Mukwonago High School football star, was on his official recruiting visit to the Madison campus on Dec. 13-15 when the assault occurred.

The alleged victim and Cizauskas took the stand Wednesday.

Sophomore linebacker Leon Jacobs was one of the first witnesses called by prosecutors on Tuesday. Jacobs told jurors his job as the student host of Cizauskas was to show him a good time.

He said he met the recruit at a residence hall where they both consumed four or five shots of spiced rum before walking to a party hosted by members of the track team.

Instead of taking Cizauskas back to Hotel Red where he was staying, Jacobs said he took him to the residence hall where the alleged assault took place. In hindsight, he told jurors he should have taken him back to the hotel.

During opening arguments prosecutors and lawyers for Cizauskas said they would present evidence showing texts between the former Wisconsin high school player of the year and the woman, with whom he had gone to high school.

Defense attorney Timothy Verhoff said the texts show a flirtatious nature and do not indicate the woman did not want Cizauskas to visit her at her dorm room. He said the sex between the two was consensual.

Prosecutors meanwhile said there were numerous efforts by the alleged victim to get Cizauskas to stop.

“He chose to take shots, he chose to party,” Dane County Assistant District Attorney Rachel Sattler said. “Had he chosen to listen, he would have heard (the victim) say no.”

A sentencing hearing has not been set.