On June 27, 2012 Milford CT resident Jesse Osmun, 32, pleaded guilty to sexually abusing four girls while a PCV in South Africa. Steps are now being taken to set up a restitution fund for girls sexually abused by Osmun while he was in the Peace Corps.
$10,000 has been provided by Osmun’s family for the fund. Restitution was discussed as part of a plea agreement, said Osmun’s attorney, Richard Meehan Jr.
Osmun is accused of traveling from the United States to South Africa to engage in illicit sexual conduct with children.
He has admitted that he sexually abused four minor girls, all under the age of six, while he was a volunteer with the United States Peace Corps in South Africa, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.
Osmun will be sentenced Sept. 19, and he faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 30 years and a fine of up to $250,000.
The Peace Corps agency has also agreed to contribute $20,000 to a fund for the four girls sexually abused.
A Peace Corps spokeswoman confirmed the donation. A Peace Corps representative and the U.S. Attorney’s Office both said the donation was not an indication that the Peace Corps bore any responsibility for the crime, Meehan said. The Peace Corps said it was made aware of the allegations after Osmun resigned and has called the crimes “reprehensible.”