Man Accused Of Sexual Assault Denied Bond

By: Althea Paul
By: Althea Paul

April 10, 2006

An Albemarle County man accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl remains in jail, after a judge denied him bond.

According to the commonwealth attorney, the judge made that decision based on the nature of the charges and the circumstances.

This incident happened Friday afternoon in the Ashcroft neighborhood, along Ridgeway Lane.

Police say Joseph E. Osborne broke into a home and sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl. Authorities add that a neighbor actually came to help the girl and struggled with Osborne before the alleged intruder took off.

With the alleged victim's description and a tip, police were able to track down Osborne. Some neighbors today in Ashcroft said they are shocked and one even says that she's lost sleep over the incident. One of Osborne's neighbors along Buck Island Road said Osborne even "gives her the willies."

"He seemed a little strange to me because we have a pool in the summertime--we sit up outside, me and my daughter or whatever--and he'd come out and sit on his deck while we were outside and then we'd go in or the boys would come over and he'd vanish," said neighbor, Cynthia Herring.

Osborne's wife said she really did not want to talk about her husband. Rather, she says the emphasis should be on the victim and her family and making sure they get the healing they need.

This is not the first time Osborne has faced charges. Back in '96 he was charged with two counts of sexual battery, but was later found not guilty.

Osborne now faces multiple charges, including breaking and entering, forcible sodomy, and assault and battery.

A preliminary hearing has been set for May 8th.

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