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School district places Osborne on administrative leave

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Mike OsborneA Madras High School coach and physical education teacher has been arrested and charged with the sexual abuse of a female student.

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.

According to the probable cause affidavit, the incidents involved a minor female, who was coached by Osborne, and took place between April 1 and Nov. 18.

Osborne served as the girls basketball and soccer coach at MHS during two separate time periods over the past 12 years. 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 2010.

Since returning, he has served as the head girls soccer coach since 2011, and the head girls basketball coach since 2012.

The 509-J School District sent out a letter 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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