CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Chesterfield Police said that an 18-year-old Cosby High School student has been charged after a sexual assault investigation of a 14-year-old girl.
Logan M. Osborn of the 6600 block of Manor Gate Drive, was arrested Monday and charged with carnal knowledge of a child 13 to 15 years old. He is a senior at Cosby High and a member of the school’s wrestling team.
Authorities clarified that the incident occurred on school grounds, but not in a school building. Police also said the victim is known to Osborn but does not attend Cosby High School.
“So, if you have a person who is 18-years-old with a 14-year-old, and even if they’re engaging in activity that both of them want to engage in, it is legally a crime,” said 8News legal analyst Russ Stone, who explained that in the State of Virginia no one under 18-years-old can give consent.
Stone added the charge can include incidents that do not involve force.
If Osborne had been 17 at the time of the incident, however, Stone said the charge could have possibly gotten knocked down to a misdemeanor.
“In this case, it appears that the offender is 18-years-old and the victim is 14-years-old and that means it’s a class four felony which carries up to 10 years in the penitentiary if someone is convicted,” Stone said.
Stone says cases like this are not uncommon, but students should know just how serious the consequences of these incidents can be.
“We were all in high school once and we know how things go in high school. It’s not unusual for older people to be dating and involved with younger people, but that doesn’t change the fact that legally speaking, it can be a criminal offense,” Stone said.
Emails to Osborn’s coach and Chesterfield County Public Schools for comment have gone unanswered.
Police continue their investigation into the incident.
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