An accused child molester representing himself questions alleged victim

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An accused child molester has chosen to represent himself, with a standby defense attorney sitting nearby and Thursday morning questioned a boy’s memory of the alleged events.

Casey Joe Cochnauer, 38, has one count of indecency with a child by contact and one count of indecency by exposure.   

He’s accused of molesting or exposing himself to two brothers, ages 10 and 13, in an abandoned trailer in Burkburnett in 2011.

The younger boy, now 18, was on the witness stand Thursday to tell jurors what happened, and on cross-examination, Cochnauer questioned the accuracy of his memory and got the boy to admit he could be wrong about the location of the trailer and other details, and also that he has had hallucinations since a young age.

On several occasions, 78th District Judge Barney Fudge had to caution Cochnauer to quit testifying and to only ask questions.

Cochnauer also used a map to show the location of the alleged incidents was not where the boy remembered.

He also asked the boy why he would do such things to them when he was so close to completing his parole.

Cochnauer has numerous convictions dating back to 1997, including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

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