Records show man arrested for alleged UW campus sexual assault has recent history of sexual offenses

MADISON, Wis. — Campus police say they arrested a Madison man earlier this week after an alleged sexual assault on the UW-Madison campus, and court records show the man has been involved in a string of sexual offenses over the last few months.

UW-Madison police say officers were called to the Eagle Heights community on campus at about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday after someone reported they were assaulted.

The victim told police that the 34-year-old suspect, Robin Perkins, was an acquaintance who invited them into his apartment, but Perkins sexually assaulted them a short time later. The victim says they were able to get out of the apartment to call police.

While the alleged assault happened on campus property, UWPD says the victim is not affiliated with UW-Madison. Police say Perkins is a former UW-Madison student.

Perkins was arrested later that day and booked into the Dane County Jail on tentative charges of third-degree sexual assault, one count of misdemeanor bail jumping and two counts of felony bail jumping.

Court records show a person with the same name, age and address as Perkins has previously been charged in two other sexual incidents in Dane County in the last four months: one case filed on August 25 charging him with second-degree sexual assault of an unconscious victim and misdemeanor disorderly conduct, and one case filed on November 8 for misdemeanor lewd and lascivious behavior for exposure and felony bail jumping.

In both cases, Perkins was given signature bonds for $500 for each case.

A man matching Perkins’ name, age, and address was also ticketed for fourth-degree sexual assault in Sauk County on November 3.

In a criminal complaint filed for the August incident, a man said he met Perkins through mutual friends at the Kollege Klub, before the group went back to a friend’s house. The victim said he fell asleep on the friend’s couch fully clothed at 4 a.m., but awoke to find his pants and boxers pulled down to his ankles and Perkins allegedly on top of him and touching his genitals. The person confronted Perkins the next day, and Perkins allegedly said “I’m sorry” and “I was drunk.”

In a criminal complaint for the case filed in November, a victim detailed several incidents in September and October that allegedly involved Perkins at a local gym. The person said he was working out at Shell on Monroe Street and came across Perkins in the men’s locker room. The person said he felt Perkins was being “provocative” with him while undressing in the locker room.

In October, the man said he came across Perkins again in the men’s locker room, saying he “felt like he waited for me.” The man claims at one point, Perkins faced him while being naked, putting his foot on the bench and touching himself while making eye contact with the victim. The man also claimed Perkins followed him into the shower.

A Dane County judge ordered a competency exam for Perkins after court records indicate he waived his right to an attorney and his preliminary hearing in the second case. A competency hearing for Perkins is currently set for January 7, 2022.

In the meantime, UW-Madison police say Perkins was released from the Dane County jail in the most recent sexual assault case on Thursday morning and is believed to be returning to his home in the Eagle Heights community. He has not yet been charged for the most recent sexual assault allegation.