Local High School Coach Accused of Misconduct with Student
By: Molly McCrea - Friday, June 4, 2021

AUBURN, IN - A Dekalb High School Soccer Coach has been arrested on a charge of child seduction involving a female student.

26-year-old Landon Cochran of Auburn was arrested on the Level 5 Felony charge earlier this week. The crime is alleged to have taken place from September 2019 through December 2020.

DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department Detective Brady Thomas said Cochran was employed by the DeKalb Central school district as a middle school paraprofessional and high school soccer coach. He is accused of exerting undue influence on a minor because of his current or previous professional relationship with the victim and using or exerting his professional relationship to engage in sexual intercourse or other sexual conduct.

The DeKalb Central school district released a statement saying that once the matter was brought to their attention, school officials immediately contacted the Department of Child Services and law enforcement. The staff member was immediately removed from student contact and placed on administrative leave. DeKalb Central Schools has since terminated this employee and restricted their access to all school properties and activities.

After his arrest, Cochran was released from the DeKalb County Jail on a $10,000 bond.

The matter remains under investigation.


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