Oklahoma State University student remains in custody following arraignment on sexual battery charges

An Oklahoma State University student charged with three counts of sexual battery was arraigned Thursday in Stillwater. Nathan Cochran, 22, surrendered to Stillwater police Wednesday evening.
by Silas Allen Modified: December 13, 2012 at 8:53 pm •  Published: December 13, 2012
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— An Oklahoma State University student charged with three counts of sexual battery pleaded not guilty to the charges Thursday.

Nathan Cochran, 22, was being held Thursday evening in the Payne County jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Cochran appeared for an arraignment in Payne County District Court earlier in the day via a video teleconference, where his attorney asked for a reduction in the bail amount. Payne County Special District Judge R.L. Hert Jr. set a bail reduction hearing for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Cochran is charged in connection with a series of reported sexual assaults, some of which are alleged to have occurred on campus at OSU.

Cochran's attorney, John Coyle III, said his client denies the charges against him and hopes to be exonerated. Cochran is “understandably really upset” about the charges, Coyle said.

“He's hoping for justice,” the attorney said.

Stillwater police are investigating a string of reported sexual assaults involving the FarmHouse fraternity at OSU. Stillwater police Capt. Randy Dickerson said some of the men who told police they'd been sexually assaulted were FarmHouse members. Cochran is a former member of the fraternity.

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by Silas Allen
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.
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