STILLWATER — A new court document sheds light on an incident that led to a fourth sexual battery charge against a former Oklahoma State University student.
Nathan Cochran, 22, is accused of targeting sleeping male victims in a series of reported assaults police think stretched from the OSU campus to Tahlequah.
Prosecutors filed a fourth charge against Cochran on Friday in connection with an incident shortly before 4 a.m. Aug. 11 in Stillwater.
According to an affidavit filed Tuesday, a 22-year-old man told Stillwater police he was at Cochran’s house and Cochran offered to let him sleep on a sofa bed in the living room.
The man told police he thought he would be the only person sleeping in the bed, but then found Cochran sleeping on one side of the bed. The man said he laid down on the other side of the bed with his back to Cochran, intending to go to sleep.
The man told police Cochran began rubbing his hand on the man’s leg and back. Cochran was snoring, so the man assumed Cochran was moving in his sleep, the man told police. The man said he moved farther away from Cochran, but Cochran moved closer and tried to put his hand inside the man’s pants. The man told police he then pushed Cochran’s hand away.
The man told police he received a text message from Cochran, who was still lying a few feet away, saying Cochran wanted to know what it was like to be with a man sexually.
The man told police he told Cochran to stop touching him. When Cochran continued to touch him, the man got out of bed and left the home.
Cochran is scheduled to appear in court at 10 a.m. Feb. 4.
Cochran previously had faced three counts of sexual battery for two alleged incidents that took place on Aug. 15, 2012, and Nov. 3, 2011. Those incidents occurred in an OSU dormitory and elsewhere in Stillwater, according to court documents.
In one of the previous incidents, a man told police Cochran groped him while he was asleep Nov. 3, 2011, according to court documents.
A second man told police Cochran groped him on Aug. 15 while the man was asleep in Cochran’s dorm room. The man told police he went to the bathroom and that Cochran sent him a series of panicked text messages, according to court documents.
Cochran pleaded not guilty to the three previous charges Dec. 13.
OSU officials have been criticized for their handling of the case. University officials learned of the assault reports on Nov. 12, when a series of students filed reports against Cochran. But university officials never notified police about the matter, saying federal student privacy regulations prevented them from doing so.
Instead, OSU held student conduct hearings against Cochran. At the end of those hearings, Cochran was suspended from OSU for three years beginning with the end of the fall 2012 semester.