Accused Child Sexual Assault Suspect Finally Gets Sent to Jail
A Johnson City man, whose release following allegations of sexual encounters with a minor in 2021 sparked outrage, will be spending three years in prison.
33-year-old Kevin Cochrane pleaded guilty to attempted use of a child less than 17 years of age in a sexual performance and has been sentenced to three years in New York State prison to be followed by six-years post-release supervision.
Cochrane had been arrested late last year after Johnson City Police reported that on December 7, 2021 they had gotten a report of a child who had received inappropriate messages on her cell phone.
Police say as they talked to the girl, they concluded Cochran was responsible for the messages to the child, was engaged in inappropriate actions with her and had engaged in sex with the girl.
Village Police say they found Cochran at his home the day after getting the complaint from the girl and collected evidence at the location.
At the time of his arrest, Cochrane was charged with two felony counts of Criminal Sexual Act as well as felony Rape, Burglary and Use of a Child in a Sexual Performance. He was also charged with misdemeanor Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
In a news release announcing the arrest, Police said the offenses would allow a judge to set bail and send a defendant to jail but Cochrane was released without bail on his own recognizance to await action in Broome County Court.
Authorities say following sentencing, Cochrane was to be immediately transported to the Broome County Jail and then transferred to a New York State correctional facility.
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