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Man who assaulted south Ga. women was on bond for meth and molestation charges in Pickens

Bradley Cochran

Photo from Cochran’s Facebook page

Bradley Justin Cochran was out on bond for child molestation when he kidnapped and assaulted women before hanging himself. 

        A man authorities say hung himself after kidnapping and sexually assaulting women in south Georgia was a former PHS student also facing child molestation and drug charges in Pickens County. 

Bradley Justin Cochran, 40, had been released on bond from the Pickens County Adult Detention Center last September. Under conditions of his bond in a 2017 child molestation case, Cochran was required to enroll in a program at Journey to Sober Living, a “recovery residence” in Statesboro, Ga. 

       According to a press release from the Statesboro Police Department, Cochran checked himself out of the facility on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018 and checked into a hotel just nine hours before kidnapping three Georgia Southern University students at knifepoint at a Food World grocery store in Statesboro. Cochran, who has lived in Pickens County, Ellijay and Cherry Log, was found dead the next day in Metter, Ga. from apparent suicide by hanging. 

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