Local Graduate Helps Crack a Sexual Assault Case in Oklahoma

A former Carroll High School student helped uncover a string of sexual assaults committed by a student at Oklahoma State University.

"I received an anonymous e-mail to my O'Colly account," said Samantha Vicent, a student reporter for the Daily O'Collegian at OSU. "It said that Nathan Cochran had allegedly assaulted six members of his fraternity using roofies."

It was that e-mail that sent Vicent on the hunt for answers.

Vicent, who graduated from Carroll back in 2010 and is now a journalism major at OSU, immediately went to the police to check out the tip. That sparked a police investigation, and they learned that several students reported the abuse to OSU officials. They then launched a full-blown criminal investigation.

"If they had enough evidence to put him behind bars in less than a week after I told them, that's awesome," Vicent said. "Somebody that's doing these things does not need to be out on the street."

The University suspended Cochran for three years. They said they did not report Cochran's actions to police because of federal privacy laws.

Now, Cochran is behind bars. His next court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday.


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