Peace Corps to help victims in molestation case

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- The Peace Corps has voluntarily agreed to contribute $20,000 to a fund for four girls sexually abused by a former volunteer while serving in South Africa.

Jesse Osmun pleaded guilty in June in a federal court in Connecticut to traveling from the United States to engage in illicit sexual conduct with children. Authorities say the victims were 3 to 6 years old at the time.

Osmun's attorney, Richard Meehan Jr., says the Peace Corps offered the contribution at a hearing Thursday in Hartford. Meehan says Osmun's family also plans to donate $10,000 to the fund to help the victims.

Osmun faces between 14 to more than 21 years under guidelines when he is sentenced Oct. 10. Meehan has described Osmun as remorseful.

A Peace Corps spokeswoman confirmed the donation.

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