Former Murray County magistrate judge Bryant Cochran is being sued for sexual harassment by three former female employees. One of the employees said that Cochran made lewd sexual comments and touched her inappropriately.
In another incident in April 2012, Cochran allegedly sexually harassed a woman who came to the magistrate’s office to provide information regarding an unrelated case. This woman, who was not an employee of the magistrate, claims that Cochran invited her into his office, told her that he was looking for a mistress, and told her to return to his office in a few days and to wear a dress but to not wear any underwear.
The woman also claims that Cochran asked her to send him a photo of herself. She claims she sent him a photo of her in her underwear, but she did not return to his office and she did not have any physical sexual contact with Cochran. The woman alleges that Cochran was verbally abusive to her when she subsequently appeared in court.
The woman filed a complaint against Cochran, and in July 2012, the Judicial Qualifications Commission began an ethics investigation into the woman’s allegations. The investigation was closed when Cochran resigned the following month.
Cochran denies the sexual harassment allegations.