Local & Regional
Tue February 5, 2013
Not Guilty Plea in OSU Sexual Battery Case
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — A suspended Oklahoma State University student has pleaded not guilty to the latest charge in a sexual battery case.
Twenty-two-year-old Nathan Cochran pleaded not guilty during an appearance in Payne County District Court on Monday.
The charge is the fourth sexual battery charge filed against Cochran. He pleaded not guilty to the previous three charges in December and his attorney says he maintains his innocence.
Prosecutors allege that Cochran molested or attempted to male students while they slept in a dorm room.
OSU has drawn criticism for not immediately reporting the alleged incidents when they first came to light in November. Police say they didn't learn of the case until Dec. 6 when contacted for comment by the campus newspaper.