School district places Osborne on administrative leave

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Mike OsborneA Madras High School coach and physical education teacher, who was arrested and charged with the sexual abuse of a female student last week, remains on paid administrative leave.

Michael Ray Osborne, 44, was arrested at his home in Redmond on Wednesday evening, Nov. 20, on numerous charges of second- and third-degree sexual abuse, and lodged in the Jefferson County Correctional Facility at 9:16 p.m.

Bail was set at $37,500, and Osborne posted 10 percent of that and was released at 10:50 a.m. Thursday. He did not appear for his arraignment at 1 p.m. Thursday, when the district attorney charged him with 15 counts of second-degree sexual abuse, Class C felonies, in the Jefferson County Circuit Court, before Judge Annette Hillman.

The charges filed in court state that the abuse occurred between April 1 and Nov. 18, when police started investigating the allegations involving the coach and a minor female. The victim was 16 when the encounters allegedly began.

According to the probable cause affidavit, a friend of the victim told a police officer that the victim said she had been having sexual relations with Osborne, but when police directly asked the victim, she denied the allegations.

Two officers interviewed Osborne, who admitted caring for the victim and buying her a cell phone to make it easier to communicate with her. When asked if he loved the victim, Osborne told police that he did.

A third officer was allowed to search the coach's desk area, and found love notes in a handmade box on the top of the desk. The notes, to and from the victim, were addressed and signed with pet names.

On Nov. 20, the victim's mother contacted police and said that her daughter had admitted having sex with Osborne.

That evening, police again interviewed the victim, who conceded that she and Osborne had consensual sex, and that they had exchanged notes.

Police served the search warrant at Osborne's home around 8:30 p.m. Nov. 20, arrested Osborne and transported him to the Jefferson County Correctional Facility.

Over the past 13 years, Osborne has served as the girls basketball and soccer coach at MHS during two separate time periods. During his first stint, from 2000-2003, he coached the girls basketball team to the 2003 Class 3A state title. Osborne left to coach girls basketball at Mountain View High School in Bend and later Redmond High School, before returning to Madras in 2009, when he was hired to teach physical education.

In 2011, he became the girls soccer coach, and in 2012, the girls basketball coach.

The 509-J School District sent out a letter last Thursday to staff, families and community members addressing the issue, and noting that Osborne had been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation.

"Once we were aware of the allegations, we took immediate action to ensure the safety of our students, and notified law enforcement," Superintendent Rick Molitor wrote in the letter.

"To support our students and staff, the district aggressively seeks facts to determine the validity of any allegations against staff members of our district," Molitor continued. "With that said, we have been and will continue to work aggressively with local law enforcement to determine next steps and move forward on this situation."

"The Madras Police Department is going to be involved in an extensive investigation," said District Attorney Steve Leriche, who is prosecuting the case. "If anyone out there has any information about this case, contact the Madras Police Department and Detective Mel Brown at 541-475-2424."

"This case will be presented to a grand jury and they have complete discretion as to what the final, formal charges will be in this case and all felonies," Leriche said.

The next court appearance for Osborne will be Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 1 p.m.

Osborne, who is married and has three children, lives in Redmond.

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