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September 20, 2013

BREAKING NEWS: Cochran pleads guilty to three counts of sexual battery

STILLWATER, Okla. — A former Oklahoma State University student suspended for allegations of sex crimes against other students pleaded guilty to the felony charges against him on Friday at the Payne County District Courthouse.

Nathan Cochran, 22, was charged with three counts of sexual battery on Dec. 14, 2012. He pleaded guilty to all three charges.

On separate occasions between November and August 2011, three men accused the former FarmHouse fraternity member of fondling them while sleeping.

An additional sexual battery charge was filed Jan. 4 this year but was formally dropped on Friday.

Associate District Judge Stephen R. Kistler asked Cochran's attorney if he fully understood that his guilty plea would waive a right to a trial.

"I've spoken to Nathan many times and he fully understands the charges and his legal rights," said Attorney Jay Husbands.

According to a plea agreement, Cochran received a seven-year suspended sentence. He must be supervised by the Department of Corrections under special conditions for sex offenders during that time.

In addition, he must go to inpatient treatment at Park Plaza Church of Christ in Tulsa by March 1, 2014. He will attend the NewLife Behavior program pending treatment.

Cochran must also register as a sex offender.

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