STILLWATER — Prosecutors filed a fourth charge of sexual battery Friday against an Oklahoma State University student accused of targeting male students while they slept.
Nathan Cochran, 22, now faces four counts of sexual battery in Payne County for three incidents occurring between Nov. 3, 2011, and Aug. 15, 2012.
The third charge alleges Cochran placed his hands on a male victim's leg and lower back and attempted to place his hands inside the man's pants without the man's consent while the man tried to sleep.
According to the charges, Cochran also told the victim, listed as John Doe in the charges, that he wanted to know what it was like to be with a man sexually.
While the new charge stems from an incident on a different date than those in the previous charges, it's unclear whether it represents a new victim. Prosecutors were unavailable for comment Friday.
The three previous charges stem from incidents in November 2011 and August 2012. The incidents occurred in an OSU dormitory and elsewhere in Stillwater, according to court documents. Cochran pleaded not guilty to the charges last month. He was released on bail.
In one of the previous incidents, a man told police Cochran groped him while he was asleep on Nov. 3, 2011, according to court documents.
A second man told police Cochran groped him on 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.
He showed police a text message on his phone in which Cochran said, “Please I can't ruin my life cause I was black out drunk ... Just text me?”
Stillwater police have said they think victims in the case could number into the dozens, with incidents occurring on campus at OSU, elsewhere in Stillwater and in Tahlequah.
University officials learned of the assault reports Nov. 12, but concerns over federal student privacy laws led them not to share this information with police. Instead, they held conduct hearings resulting in a decision to suspend Cochran from the university for three years beginning with the end of the fall 2012 semester.
Police opened an investigation into the sexual assault cases Dec. 7, after a reporter from the campus newspaper contacted the department with questions about the incidents. That investigation began 3½ weeks after OSU officials became aware of the matter.
Cochran's attorneys did not return calls for comment.