Prosecutors file fourth charge against former Oklahoma State University student

Payne County prosecutors filed an additional sexual battery charge against a former Oklahoma State University student Friday afternoon. Nathan Cochran, 22, now faces four counts of sexual battery for three alleged incidents occurring between Nov. 3, 2011, and Aug. 15, 2012.
by Silas Allen Modified: January 4, 2013 at 8:13 pm •  Published: January 4, 2013

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.

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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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