Stillwater News Press

February 4, 2013

Former Oklahoma State University student pleads not guilty to four counts of sexual battery

By Russell Hixson
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — Suspended Oklahoma State University student Nathan Cochran, 22, appeared in Payne County District Court Monday morning where he entered pleas of not guilty to four counts of sexual battery.

Cochran, clad in a black sweater and a blue dress shirt, dodged cameras as he exited the courtroom.

Three men have accused him of sexually assaulting them, according to court documents.

Oklahoma State University' Office of Student Misconduct and Administration suspended Cochran from school for three years after finding him responsible for four incidents of sexual misconduct. The incidents happened between Nov. 3 and Aug. 5, 2011.

Stillwater police launched its own investigation into sexual assault allegations after OSU's student newspaper told police about an anonymous email it had received.

Oklahoma State University has launched an investigation into the school's handling of the incidents as police were not immediately notified of five complaints against Cochran.

Cochran's attorney John Coyle said outside the courtroom that his client maintains he did not sexually assault anyone.

"It's a very interesting case," Coyle said. "There are a lot of interrelationships between some of the supposed victims in this case."