Oneonta Police Sergeant Arrested on Multiple Child Sex Charges

New York – A former Oneonta police sergeant who was fired four months ago after he was arrested on a DUI charge is in trouble with the law again.

Shane Osborn, who had been with the department since 2001, was arrested again Thursday morning, this time on multiple child sex charges.

Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey said the 39-year-old Osborn was taken into custody shortly before 11 a.m. following a six-count indictment charging him with electronic solicitation of a minor, enticing a child for immoral purposes, two counts of second-degree sodomy, second-degree sexual abuse and reckless endangerment.

Four of the charges are felonies, and two are misdemeanors.

Casey said the investigation began in August after officers received a tip from a concerned parent, and wrapped up last week when the complete file was presented to her office. She said no further information about the investigation or charges is being released at this time.

The grand jury returned the indictments against Osborn on Wednesday. He was taken into custody Thursday by agents with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, and is being held at the Blount County Jail on $100,000 bond.

He was arrested on Aug. 26 on the DUI charge in St. Clair County and later fired.

Casey commended the work of ALEA’s State Bureau of Investigations and the Oneonta Police Department for their work on the new charges against Osborn. She reminded parents of the dangers associated with cell phones and use of social media apps.

“I urge all parents across the state to follow my social media app warning videos and to sit down and talk with their children about potential dangers online,” Casey said.

If convicted, Osborn faces a maximum penalty of two to 20 years for each of the Class B felonies, one year and a day to 10 years for each of the Class C felonies and not more than one year for each of the Class A misdemeanors.