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Ex-Peace Corps Volunteer Convicted of Molesting Children In South Africa

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Hartford Federal Court. Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

Hartford Federal Court. Photo by WTIC’s Matt Dwyer.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP and WTIC-AM) — A former Peace Corps volunteer has admitted he sexually abused four young girls while serving in South Africa.

Jesse Osmun pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Hartford to traveling from the United States to engage in illicit sexual conduct. Authorities say the victims were between 3 and 6 years old at the time.

His attorney, Richard Meehan Jr., described Osmun as remorseful.

At one point during the hearing, the 32-year-old Milford man stood before the judge, and described how he was left alone with the children at the daycare for periods of between 10 and 30 minutes.

He said he saw it as an opportunity, and described how he molested the children, exposed himself to them, and masturbated in front of them.

“I acknowledge my wrongdoing, and I fully accept responsibility for my actions,” Osmun said.

Osmun’s conviction carries a penalty of up to 30 years in prison when he is sentenced on Sept. 11, but under the conditions of a plea agreement he is expected to be sentenced to between 14 and 22 years.

The Peace Corps has said it was made aware of the allegations after Osmun resigned. It called the allegations of sexual abuse “reprehensible.”

With the Peace Corps, Osmun worked at the Umvoti AIDS Center that provides support to residents affected by the AIDS virus.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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