In Irvine Criminal Defense News (Sept. 1, 2017): The O.C. Register has reported that Jeremy Osso, has pleaded guilty of trying to communicate with someone he believed to be a minor for sex. Osso is 39-year old and was a University High School football coach.
Osso pled guilty to a single felony count of sending harmful materials with the intention of seducing a minor earlier this month, according to the Carlsbad Police Department.
Osso had communicated with a San Diego-based detective from an Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force who was posing as a girl, according to authorities.
At the time Osso was a defensive coordinator for University High School’s varsity football team. He was also an instructional assistant at Irvine High School. He was placed on administrative leave from these jobs when he was arrested, which barred him from coaching or contacting students.
Osso’s case did not involve any actual minors, as police used a decoy. As such additional criminal charges tied to allegations of attempting to solicit child pornography were dropped by the prosecutor.
Osso is still on leave pending the final outcome of his charges, according to the Irvine Unified School District.
Osso resides in Costa Mesa. He was a head football coach at Costa Mesa High School from 2006 to 2011.
Osso is set to be sentenced at a court in San Diego on Sep. 13. The case was filed in San Diego County, as the communications were directed to the Carlsbad Police Department.
Under the law, it doesn’t matter that the person he was communicating with was not actually a minor. The law, specifically California Penal Code 288.3, makes it a crime to intend to communicate with a minor for the purpose of committing a felony. In this case, the felony was likely the crime of rape, a serious strike felony, carrying 25 years to life in prison.
Because under California law minors cannot give consent, even what might appear to be consensual sexual intercourse or acts between a minor and another minor or adult are a crime. Minors cannot give consent to sexual relations, period.
We will update this Irvine Criminal Defense News (Sept. 1, 2017) as more information comes in.