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Cochran pleads guilty to three counts of sexual battery


Nathan Cochran exits the Payne County Court House with his lawyer Jay Husbands after pleading guilty for 3 counts of sexual battery on Friday Sept. 20 2013. 

A former Oklahoma State University student pleaded guilty in his arraignment in Payne County court Sept. 20 at 2:20 p.m.

Nathan Cochran, 22, has pleaded guilty on three separate counts of sexual battery. All of these are free and voluntary pleas. He was originally accused of four counts, but the fourth was dropped.

Cochran will have to register as an Oklahoma sex offender. His right to appeal has been waived.

"We have had numerous conversations about the charges and he fully understands the following," Cochran's attorney Jay Husbands said.

The victims didn't object and approved all of the allocations.

Cochran received seven years of probation; in addition to treatment for 6 months with the Church of Christ by March 1. Meanwhile, he must complete the New Life Behavior program and be supervised by the Department of Corrections.

He must complete one year of EA prosecution fees.  Husbands’s filed in the paperwork that the Payne County courthouse transition Cochran’s probation to Mayes County.

The assaults alleged against the former FarmHouse member were filed in the case occurred in August and November 2012.

The OSU Office of Student Conduct found Cochran liable for four sexual misconduct violations of the student code of conduct on Nov. 30.

On Dec. 11, he was ordered to have no contact with any of the men who came forward about the alleged assaults, according to a statement by the university.

Cochran was arrested on Dec. 12 when five male students came forward with allegations. In two of the cases, the students alleged Cochran assaulted them on campus property.

One victim said Cochran performed oral sex and other sexual activities on him. Another victim reported Cochran inappropriately touching him in his campus dorm room when he woke up, according to an affidavit.

In most of the cases, Cochran allegedly assaulted the victims while they were asleep.

According to the affidavit, he sent a text message to a victim while the act was being performed and it read he wanted to know what it was like to be with a male.

He posted a $100,000 bond the next day following his primary appearance in Payne County District Court. He remains free on a personal recognizance bond for the charge.

Stillwater Police Department didn’t learn of the accusations until Dec. 6, 2012, when a Daily O’Collegian reporter, who received an anonymous email about the situation, contacted the department for a statement.

OSU faced national criticism for its judgment to not directly inform the police about the accusations against Cochran.

On March 1,  the Board of Regents authorized policy changes for its institutions, including OSU, which will require employees to immediately contact law enforcement when they learn of sexual assault accusations.