Jury sentences Cochnauer to 70 years for child sexual crimes

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Officials from the Wichita County District Attorney’s Office spoke out after a jury handed down a stiff sentence for a man convicted of child indecency on Thursday.

After being convicted of forcing 10- and 13-year-old brothers into sexual activity, it took a Wichita County jury about an hour to hand down a stiff sentence to Casey Joe Cochnauer, who acted as his own attorney. 

During the trial, both victims, now over the age of 18, took the stand, testifying about the sexual acts and then were cross-examined by Cochnauer who questioned the accuracy of one victim’s memory and mental stability.

Assistant District Attorney Dobie Kosub resided over the case and said this was a tough case to handle.

“It was grueling because I met the boys and talked to the boys, his victims, and they are destroyed mentally,” Kosub said. “It was very satisfying to be able to help them get a little justice.”

On Friday, Cochnauer was sentenced to 50 years in prison for indecency with a child by contact and 20 years for indecency with a child by exposure. District Attorney John Gillespie said he is pleased with the ruling.

“It sent a very strong that our community will not make excuses for these predators who prey upon kids,” Gillespie said. “We will not look the other way. That our office will aggressively prosecute them. Jury’s will convict them and judges will stack the sentences.”

The sentencing is to be served consecutively.

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