Former OSU Student to Enter Plea in Sexual Assault

Sep 20, 2013

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STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — A former Oklahoma State University student charged with sexual assault is scheduled to formally enter a plea.

Arraignment is set in Payne County District Court Friday for 22-year-old Nathan Michael Cochran. Cochran is charged with four counts of sexual battery that allege he molested or attempted to molest male students while they slept in dorm rooms.

Cochran, a former member of the FarmHouse fraternity, has pleaded not guilty.

The school came under fire for not immediately reporting the alleged incidents to authorities, instead opting to handle complaints against Cochran through disciplinary boards. Local police say they didn't learn of the case until December when they were contacted by the campus newspaper.

The OSU Board of Regents has since adopted a series of recommendations to improve sexual assault reporting.