Ex-NC school worker pleads in sex crime case

Apr. 03, 2014 @ 08:23 PM

GREENSBORO — A former Cabarrus County Schools groundskeeper is facing 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to sex crimes involving a child.

Michael Osborne was sentenced in federal court in Greensboro on Thursday after pleading guilty to coercion and enticement of a minor. The 40-year-old from Concord was accused of posing as a 14-year-old girl on Facebook and in texts to persuade teenage boys to send naked pictures of themselves.

The plea was part of a deal in which Osborne agreed in late January to plead guilty to the enticement charge.

According to investigators, Osborne admitted he used the persona of a teenager to contact male minors, some of whom he asked to send him nude photographs.

Prosecutors suggest Osborne may have as many as 133 victims in several states.