Former NC school employee gets 10 years for child sex crimes

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Michael Wayne Osborne, 40, of Concord

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.

Source: WSOC-TV


  • dewey

    “Osborne was accused of posing as a teenage girl on Facebook and in texts to persuade teenage boys to send naked pictures of themselves.”

    …..and Facebook rears its ugly head yet again

    • JT

      dewey, I hate Facebook as much as the next person. I generally think of it as an electronic appeal to the blatant narcissism found in most 13-25 year olds. But I don’t know if we can blame the medium. Does it make easier for this type of person to target their victims? Perhaps. But someone like Osborne is going to find a way to do this regardless. If this were 30 years ago and he had used a van and candy to lure kids away from the playground, could be blame M&M/Mars and Chevy or Ford for making the candy/van? The analogy might not be totally parallel, but do you see what I am saying?

      • dewey

        I catch your drift, but the drop in these kinds of cases would be major if they didn’t exist…someone here said it the other day, Facebook is beyond policing and can’t be fixed…the creator has no control anymore. Kill it and bring it back, but with picture ID and maybe a credit card verification system….proud to say, I’ve never had a Facebook page

    • Tracey

      And perverted TEACHERS strike again!! 10 years, he should get 10 per 133 victim for a total of 1,330.00 years (life)

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