Former Oklahoma State University student receives no jail time in campus sexual assault case

Nathan Cochran, a 22-year-old former student of Oklahoma State University, pleaded guilty Friday to sexual battery charges. Cochran, who was accused of a series of sexual assaults against male OSU students won't face jail time.
by Silas Allen Published: September 21, 2013
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A former Oklahoma State University student who pleaded guilty to sexual battery charges Friday won't face jail time.

Nathan Micheal Cochran, 22, was accused of a series of sexual assaults against male OSU students. Cochran pleaded guilty Friday to three counts of sexual battery. A fourth sexual battery charge was dropped.

As part of a plea agreement in Payne County District Court, Cochran received seven years of probation and was ordered to complete a six-month inpatient counseling program managed by the Park Plaza Church of Christ in Tulsa. Cochran also was ordered to register as a sex offender.

During Friday's arraignment, Judge Stephen Kistler asked Payne County Assistant District Attorney Lynn Hermanson whether the victims had been made aware of Cochran's plea deal.

Hermanson replied that she'd spoken with the victims several times, and that they'd approved of the agreement.

Jay Husbands, Cochran's defense attorney, said his client hopes to go through the required counseling program and put the charges behind him. Cochran is a bright man who wants to resume his life, Husbands said.

“He's accepting responsibility and is moving forward with his life,” Husbands said.

One of the incidents took place Nov. 3, 2011, according to court documents. In that case, a man told police Cochran groped him while he was asleep.

A second man told police Cochran groped him Aug. 15, 2012, 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.

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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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