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WVa officer, firefighter pleads to civil rights rape charge | West Virginia News

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former West Virginia police officer and firefighter has pleaded guilty in federal court to a rape case involving a 16-year-old girl.

Christopher Lee Osborne pleaded for violating the girl’s civil rights by forcibly raping her at the Danville Fire Department, according to a press release issued Thursday by the US Department of Justice.

Osborne, 26, of Uneeda in Boone County, was a part-time officer with the Marmet Police Department and a firefighter with the Charleston and Danville Fire Departments. He admitted in court to using his position and status to sexually assault the victim in January 2021 in the dormitory of the fire station, according to the statement.

“The defendant abused his official authority and position of power to perpetrate a violent sexual assault on a 16-year-old girl,” Assistant United States Attorney General Kristen Clarke said. “Officials who commit sexual assaults on vulnerable people will be held accountable.”

Osborne faces up to 14 years in prison. Sentencing was set for July 13.

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