OSU student facing felony sexual assault charges
STILLWATER, Okla. – An Oklahoma State University student is accused of groping and sexually assaulting two men while they were sleeping.
The Payne County District Attorney’s office filed charges against 22-year-old Nathan Cochran Wednesday afternoon; he now faces three counts of sexual battery.
Cochran, a former member of the Farm House fraternity, turned himself in Wednesday night.
According to the affidavits, Cochran sexually assault the men after they fell asleep.
One victim told investigators Cochran stuck his hand down his pants in November of 2011.
The affidavit stated the victim “didn’t know what to do so he pretended to be asleep thinking Nathan would stop assaulting him if he did not respond to what was happening.”
The victim claimed Cochran then started to perform oral sex on him.
The other victim said Cochran jumped into his bed and started to grope him in August of 2012.
According to investigators, the victim got up, left the room and waited for Cochran to leave.
Court records show Cochran tried to apologize to the victim through text message.
Authorities said he sent multiple messages including one that read in part, “I just want you to talk to me so you don’t get the super wrong impression.”
Both victims said the incidents were not consensual.
Authorities told News Channel 4 at least one more victim has come forward.
Investigators said more charges could be filed.
Stillwater Police opened an investigation last week after they were informed the allegations were reported to the university.
Earlier this week, Oklahoma State University suspended Cochran for three years.
University officials found him responsible for four sexual misconduct violations of the OSU Student Code of Conduct.
The university met with five alleged victims.
Officials said the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act prevented the university from contacting law enforcement.
However, the victims were encouraged to contact local law enforcement.
In a statement released Tuesday an OSU official said, “The university’s thoughts are with the students involved and OSU appreciates the cooperation of the students who brought allegations forward.”