Former OSU Student Arraigned On Sexual Battery Charges
22-year-old Nathan Cochran entered a plea of "not guilty" in a Payne County courtroom this afternoon. The former OSU student is charged with three counts of sexual battery.
Cochran is accused of sexually assaulting at least five Oklahoma State University FarmHouse fraternity pledges in Stillwater and Tahlequah in 2011 and 2012.
Samantha Vincent, the editor of the campus newspaper, broke the story last week.
"I received an anonymous email around Thursday afternoon saying that Nathan Cochran had allegedly assaulted six members of his fraternity," says Vincent.
Vincent then took the allegations to Stillwater police.
According to OSU, it spoke with the victims in November, but couldn't tell police due to federal laws.
"I have seen the social media response to this and students are pretty upset almost universally that OSU didn't send out any kind of safety alert or anything of that nature," said Vincent.
On Thursday, OSU President Burns Hargis called for a task force to review the university's handling of the matter. That task force was created to review the policies, practices and procedures related to sexual misconduct in the aftermath of allegations at Penn State.
Stillwater police are investigating if there are any other possible victims. Cochran's bond is set at $100,000. Defense attorney Jay Husbands calls that "highly excessive", and will trying to get that lowered at a hearing next week.