A financial adviser who made his name advising UK TV stars and Premier League footballers on their finances has been jailed for seven years.
According to a report in local newspaper The Stoke Sentinal, Frank Cochran, 60, of Marston, Church Eaton, near Stafford in the UK, has been jailed for seven years for a range of offences including sexual assault.
The Staffordshire-based businessman was a financial adviser who employed 13 people, through his firm FSC Investment Services. Cochran is listed as a director of London-based advice firm Celebrity Financial Planning.
He was found guilty of a range of offences including “assault by penetration, using controlling and coercive behaviour and putting a person in fear of violence by harassment”, the Stafford Crown Court, found after a two-week trial in which his victim was described as being left “a shadow of her former self”.
Cochran, who made his name advising celebrities including ex-Atomic Kitten star Kerry Katona, was jailed for four years for assault by penetration and three years for the harrassment and controlling and coercive behaviour offenses.
He will serve the second half of his sentence and be on the sex offenders’ register for life, according to The Stoke Sentinel report
Cochran was a high profile UK adviser who had featured in numerous newspaper and TV profiles around advising his celebrity client base. He has also been a regular personal finance commentator in the UK media.
His firm FSC Investment was also listed as formerly being the official wealth management partner of Wolverhampton Wanders FC. He had also spoken of having close links to Chelsea Football Club, and advising TV stars and lottery winners on offshore investments.
Cochran had earlier pleaded guilty to possessing a Taser, which he said he had bought on holiday in Florida and his victim said he had used to scar her.
The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said she had been left heavily bruised and had been bullied and manipulated by Cochran – who was described as a ‘successful businessman who thrived on being in control and being shown respect’.
She told the court Cochran’s actions had included: squeezing her neck, pinching her, threatening her, striking her in the eye with an elbow and kicking her under the table whilst in company
‘Superior and arrogant’
Judge Gosling, sentencing, told Cochran his arrogance was thinly disguised and he wanted to be in total charge of those around him.
He said: “You have a talent for finances and exude self-confidence, but you are superior and arrogant. You have fallen from a great height.”
Cochran was found not guilty of five counts of rape, two counts of assault by penetration and a further count of sexual assault by touching.