• School worker accused of soliciting nude pictures may have over 100 victims

    By: Eric Philips


    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - A Cabarrus County school worker accused of soliciting nude pictures from young boys online may have more than 100 potential victims.

    On Tuesday, the lead investigator in the case spoke only to Channel 9, revealing new details about the investigation into Michael Osborne.

    Eyewitness News was at the federal courthouse on Tuesday in Winston-Salem for Osborne's appearance in front of a judge.

    The case is likely to get much bigger.

    The way the investigators described the number of potential victims to Eyewitness News was "Many dozens, more than 100," in North Carolina and other states.

    Eyewitness News was in court when Osborne waived his right to a detention hearing and a preliminary hearing, which means he remains in jail while his case grows.

    Osborne faces federal charges of coercion and enticement of a minor and production of child pornography.

    Investigators said the former Cabarrus School maintenance worker and middle school football coach solicited naked pictures of teenage boys online.

    Court documents showed Osborne used the name of a woman he knew and the picture of a teen girl he found online to create a Facebook page and contact teenage boys, soliciting so called, "Hot Pics."

    They said when Osborne gave his cellphone number to a teen; the boy's parents called it and recognized Osborne's voice.

    School officials confirmed the phone belonged to Osborne.

    Osborne's mother had nothing to say as she left federal court on Tuesday.

    Investigators said Osborne was living with her when all this was going on.

    Osborne's attorney, Helen Parsonage, would not comment on the facts of the case but said her client did want her to deliver one message.

    "The one thing that my client has said that he'd like me to convey is that he apologizes for any pain he’s caused anybody in whatever capacity," Parsonage said

    Osborne's case is scheduled to go before a grand jury Monday.  Parsonage said if he is indicted, he will enter a plea of not guilty.

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