School worker charged with sex crimes in court

Michael Wayne Osborne

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by WCNC.com Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on October 21, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 21 at 7:40 PM

CONCORD, N.C. – The Cabarrus County Schools employee who was arrested and charged with child sex crimes made a court appearance on Monday.

Michael Wayne Osborne, 40, of Concord, was arrested Friday and charged with indecent liberties with a minor.

Osborne was suspended Friday with pay from the school system, although, it's not clear  the reason behind his suspension, as it was effective before his arrest.

As a ground maintenance worker employed by the district since 2007, Osborne's duties included maintaining school properties across the district. Additionally, Osborne coached middle school athletic teams.

Osborne is accused of posing as a 14-year-old girl and soliciting nude photographs of teenage boys. Authorities say Osborne used Facebook to commit the crimes.

Seven minors have been identified in the case, officials say, and the victims span across Cabarrus and Cumberland Counties, and also into the state of Illinois.

Osborne's bond was set at $150,000 upon booking in to the Cabarrus County Jail. 

If convicted on the charge, Osborne will face up to 59 months in prison.

At Monday's court appearance, he applied for a court-appointed attorney. Matt Ginn was assigned to the case. Osborne's next court date is slated for November 12.

Deputies said they are working with the school system to determine if there are any additional victims. Cabarrus County Schools said they've also launched their own internal investigation.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective Brian Schmitt with the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office at 704-920-3136.

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