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Man faces six years in prison in child sodomy case

By Joe Beck

A Front Royal man is facing six years in prison after pleading guilty in Warren County Circuit Court to forcible sodomy with a child less than 13 years old.

Craig Lawrence Osborne Jr., 30, of 13 Shenandoah Commons, committed the offense between Jan. 1 and May 21 with a 6-year-old girl, according to court documents. Police began investigating Osborne after the girl reported to school officials that he had engaged in sexual activity with her, according to the criminal complaint.

Court records list his arrest date as May 27.

Osborne pleaded guilty at his arraignment and after a grand jury indicted him on Sept. 3

The plea agreement between John O'Neill, Osborne's attorney, and Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Bryan Layton calls for a full sentence of 46 years, all but six of which is to be suspended, minus the time already served.

The agreement, filed last week in circuit court, also calls for Osborne to serve five years probation, plus a period of "unsupervised probation to extend for the term of his natural life on such terms and conditions" as may be imposed later by the court.

The agreement requires Osborne to register as a sex offender and to have no contact with the victim without authorization by "a court of competent jurisdiction."

The plea agreement also requires Osborne to waive his Fourth Amendment right under the U.S. Constitution against unreasonable search and seizure and agree to "inspection or search of his person, home, vehicle and electronic device of any kind whenever requested by his probation officer or any other law enforcement officer."

The agreement must still be approved at a sentencing hearing scheduled for 2 p.m. Nov. 4.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com

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