STILLWATER — A new sexual battery charge against a former Oklahoma State University student represents a third victim in the case, Stillwater police said Monday.
Nathan Cochran, 22, faces four counts of sexual battery for incidents in which he allegedly targeted male students while they slept.
Those incidents occurred between Nov. 3, 2011, and Aug. 15, according to court documents.
Prosecutors filed the fourth charge against Cochran Friday afternoon. The victim in that charge is listed as John Doe.
Stillwater police Capt. Randy Dickerson said Monday this person is a new victim. Two other victims were listed in the previous three charges.
Cochran was scheduled to appear in Payne County District Court Monday. His hearing was reset for 10 a.m. Feb. 4.
The new charge alleges Cochran on Aug. 11 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.
The man also told police Cochran told him he wanted to know what it was like to be with a man sexually, according to the charge.
The previous 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, 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 think the victims in the case could number into the dozens, with incidents occurring on campus at OSU, elsewhere in Stillwater and in Tahlequah.
OSU officials have been criticized for their handling of the case. University officials learned of the assault reports 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.
Police eventually learned of the case through the university's student newspaper.
The Board of Regents for Oklahoma State University and the A&M Colleges announced last month a board task force would review the university's handling of the case at the request of OSU President Burns Hargis. That task force was created last year to review institutional policies in response to the sex abuse scandal at Penn State University.