Former Wisconsin football recruit Dominic Cizauskas has been sentenced to a year in county jail for sexually assaulting a UW student during his official visit to Madison in December, according to Channel3000.com. Cizauskas, a former linebacker at Mukwonago High School, received the sentence Monday in Dane County Circuit Court. He was convicted of third-degree sexual assault in June and could have been sentenced to up to five years in state prison plus an additional five years of extended supervision.
As the Channel3000 article points out, UW changed its recruiting policies after the incident. Freshmen are no longer allowed to host recruits (UW linebacker Leon Jacobs, a freshman last year, hosted Cizauskas), and recruits are also now prevented from visiting other students on campus. Representatives from the Dean of Students Office will also discuss sexual assault with all UW teams prior to the start of their upcoming seasons.
Cizauskas verbally committed to Wisconsin in June 2013 but never signed a Letter of Intent.
One other factor in this story is how Cizauskas was able to later participate in the state high school basketball tournament at the Kohl Center for Mukwonago after he had been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault, but not charged. Both a UW police detective who investigated the case and Chris Cole, UW's head of threat services, recommended banning Cizauskas from campus. They were overruled by UW Chancellor Rebecca Blank, and university officials said Cizauskas had not yet been charged and that he would be supervised by Mukwonago's coaches at all times. The victim criticized Blank's decision in her testimony in the sentencing phase.