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Hearing in Oklahoma State University sexual assault case reset

A preliminary hearing for an Oklahoma State University student accused of a series of sexual assaults has been reset. Nathan Cochran, 22, is now scheduled to appear in Payne County District Court at 1:30 p.m. June 3.
by Silas Allen Published: May 9, 2013
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— A preliminary hearing for a former Oklahoma State University student accused of a series of sexual assaults has been rescheduled.

Nathan Cochran, 22, now is scheduled to appear in Payne County District Court at 1:30 p.m. June 3. Cochran faces four counts of sexual battery in Payne County in connection with three incidents reported as occurring between Nov. 3, 2011 and Aug. 15, 2012.

Three of Cochran's alleged victims could testify at the hearing. The three men, identified in court documents only by their initials, were served with subpoenas last month.

Cochran is accused of groping male students while they slept. OSU officials suspended Cochran last year for violations of the university's sexual misconduct policy, but didn't contact police, citing concerns over the Federal Education Rights Privacy Act, commonly known as FERPA.

Stillwater police opened an investigation Dec. 7, after a reporter from the OSU student newspaper contacted the department with questions about the alleged incidents.

That investigation began three and a half weeks after OSU officials became aware of the matter.

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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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