CONCORD, N.C. – A Cabarrus County school employee accused of child sex crimes was federally indicted on Tuesday.
Police say Michael Wayne Osborne created a fake Facebook page, posing as a 14-year-old girl. Investigators say he'd trick teenage boys into sending him nude pictures of themselves.
In court Tuesday, all local charges against Osborne were dropped to make way for a round of federal indictments.
Osborne was indicted Tuesday on three federal charges: two counts of coercion and enticement, and one count of production of child pornography.
According to the probable cause affidavit filed in federal court on Friday, investigators interviewed 14 minors who say they each chatted with someone on Facebook they believed to be a 14-year-old girl who resided in Cabarrus County.
The affidavit alleges Osborne gave out his Cabarrus County School-issued cellphone number in furtherance of the child sex crimes.
On October 18, a state search warrant was issued for Osborne's residence. The probable cause affidavit states during the search of his home, Osborne admitted to officers that he posed as a 14-year-old girl "for the purpose of communicating with minor children online and via text message".
The affidavit continues that Osborne stated that he personally knew most of the minors he contacted online, as he was a volunteer coach at many schools in Cabarrus County.
Additionally, Osborne stated that "two or three" children sent him nude photographs at his request, according to the probable cause affidavit.
Osborne worked for the school district as a maintenance man.
He was suspended with pay last month