Man accused of attempting to rape 2-year-old and 14-year-old

A 63-year-old man from Woodbridge faces numerous sexual offense charges, including attempted rape, abusive sexual contact and failure to register as a sex offender. Gary James Cochran was arrested Friday in the case. According…

Man accused of attempting to rape 2-year-old and 14-year-old

A 63-year-old man from Woodbridge faces numerous sexual offense charges, including attempted rape, abusive sexual contact and failure to register as a sex offender.

Gary James Cochran was arrested Friday in the case. According to charging documents, Cochran pleaded guilty in 1979 to second-degree rape.

He was a known problem gambler who contacted the Metropolitan Police Department, telling officers that he had sex with two girls in her bedroom — an 8-year-old and a 14-year-old. However, he had never met them previously. When police asked if she knew him, the teen, who is now in her 20s, said she did.

Cochran arrived at the girl’s home on June 1, 2010, and spent about an hour talking to her, according to charging documents. When he left about an hour later, the victim’s mother went to her bedroom and found that a man had been alone in her daughter’s room for about 45 minutes. Police reviewed surveillance video from the girl’s home and noted a man walking down the block with a child, wearing long-sleeved dress and glasses.

When police interviewed the second victim, she described a similar time of time. She had gone to a friend’s house with her friend’s boyfriend while her mom was away. Cochran was with the boyfriend but claimed the girl was upstairs.

The first victim told police she didn’t speak in the video because she was scared. The second victim described Cochran’s face in the video and said it didn’t look like him.

Cochran was sentenced to six months’ jail and five years’ probation in 1979.

According to court documents, after police were contacted in 2010, Cochran lived out of state and now has a home in Woodbridge. He is being held at the Montgomery County jail on $500,000 bond.

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