Former NC school employee gets 10 years for child sex crimes
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A former Cabarrus County Schools employee has been sentenced after pleading guilty to sex crimes involving a child.
WSOC-TV reported that prosecutors suggested Michael Wayne Osborne, 40, may have as many as 133 victims.
10 years was the mandatory minimum that Osborne could receive by law.
Under a plea deal, he pleaded guilty to one count of coercion and enticement of a minor.
Osborne was accused of posing as a teenage girl on Facebook and in texts to persuade teenage boys to send naked pictures of themselves.
In federal court Thursday, his attorney said that in Osborne’s own words, “He feels like a kid in a grown up body. He has no friends, never had a girlfriend and has always lived with his 77-year-old mother from birth until now.”
His attorney said Osborne never developed sexually and is still unsure of his sexuality.
This is Osborne’s first criminal conviction, but prosecutors called what he did online and by text “serial” because they said he victimized as many as 133 others.
In court, Osborne apologized to his victims and their families, and to his family.