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OSU releases name of student accused of assaults

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Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 5:48 pm

Oklahoma State University released the student conduct outcome for a student who is being investigated for multiple sexual assaults.

Nathan Cochran, 22, was found responsible for four violations of the sexual misconduct section of the OSU Student Code of Conduct, according to the document. Cochran was suspended from the university for three years starting Friday and was ordered to have no contact with any of the complainants.

The university issued a statement offering condolences to the alleged victims and explaining its decision not to contact police.

"Oklahoma State University followed all laws, including the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and policies while carrying out its student conduct process. The university acted responsibly and swiftly to take action on the allegations brought forward by students. The university's thoughts are with the students involved and OSU appreciates the cooperation of the students who brought allegations forward."

Stillwater police Capt. Randy Dickerson did not confirm Cochran's identity but said detectives have not interviewed the suspect as of Tuesday afternoon. As the investigation has developed, Dickerson has taken issue with outside media portrayal of the FarmHouse fraternity, of which Cochran is a former member.

"I continue to see this investigation referred to as the 'FarmHouse investigation' or the 'FarmHouse sexual assault case'," he said. "I think this is an unfair characterization of the case and is unfair to the fraternity. The facts that are coming forward at this time are that a suspect is alleged to have committed numerous sexual assaults on an, as of yet, undetermined number of young men."

Dickerson also said many of the alleged victims are not members of FarmHouse and praised the chapter's approach to the allegations.

"FarmHouse acted appropriately in reporting the matter as they did," he said. "The allegations so far indicate one suspect acting independently to commit illegal acts on a number of victims. We continue to work with OSUPD as the investigation continues."

OSU Asst. Police Chief David Altman confirmed Tuesday that OSUPD opened its own investigation.

As of Tuesday, Stillwater detectives have interviewed at least four possible victims, and Dickerson said there could be "dozens" more on campus, in the city of Stillwater and in Tahlequah.

Cochran has not yet been charged in Payne County or Cherokee County District Court.

Dickerson requests anyone with knowledge of the case to call Stillwater PD at 405-742-8287.