(6-3-21) A DeKalb (Ind) High School girls assistant varsity soccer coach, Landon Cochran (26), is accused of having sexual relations with a player he coached on numerous occasions on or about Sept. 27, 2019 through Dec. 31, 2020. Cochran was arrested for Child Seduction, a 5th degree felony, on Tuesday and has already bonded ($10,000) out of jail.
According to documents filed in DeKalb Superior Court the girl (at least 16 but younger than 18), in March or April 2020, told police that their relationship became physical, and she and Cochran began having sexual intercourse in her vehicle when she would pick him up. This happened on multiple occasions in her vehicle on a road in Auburn.
DeKalb Central school district released the following statement:
“On Tuesday, May 25, it was brought to our attention that a DeKalb Central Schools’ paraprofessional was alleged to have had inappropriate conduct with a DeKalb High School student. 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. An investigation was conducted by the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department. DeKalb Central Schools has and will continue to fully cooperate with law enforcement. Charges have been filed against the staff member and DeKalb Central Schools has terminated this employee and restricted their access to all school properties and activities. The safety and security of our students is our number one priority and DeKalb Central Schools takes allegations of this nature very seriously. As this is an ongoing investigation there will be no further comment at this time.”
According to his Linkedin account Cochran had been employed at the DeKalb Middle School as a Special Education paraprofessional for almost 3 years. He had been the DeKalb Varsity Assistant Girls Soccer Coach since 2019.
Cochran graduated from Indiana Tech in 2018 with a Business Administration degree with a concentration in Sports Management.
While at Indiana Tech he was a member of the soccer team all four years, and was the team captain his Junior and Senior Year.
Cochran graduated from DeKalb where he starred in soccer.