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Peace Corps Statement on the Arrest of Former Volunteer Jesse Osmun in Connecticut

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 5, 2011

Peace Corps Statement:

The alleged acts of the accused former Peace Corps volunteer are reprehensible. We are committed to supporting the vigorous prosecution of this case. The Peace Corps was made aware of the allegations against the former volunteer after Osmun resigned from Peace Corps and departed South Africa. Once notified, the agency immediately contacted the appropriate authorities. The Peace Corps will continue to cooperate with American and South African law enforcement authorities and we fully support the work of the Justice Department and the Peace Corps Inspector General in investigating and prosecuting this case. As part of the agency's process for determining if an applicant is suitable for Peace Corps service, every applicant undergoes a background check. The Peace Corps has no tolerance for abuse of any kind, and our deepest sympathies are with the victims.

Any questions regarding the pending criminal case should be directed to the Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorneys Office for the District of Connecticut.

About the Peace Corps: President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps on March 1, 1961, by executive order. Throughout 2011, Peace Corps is commemorating 50 years of promoting peace and friendship around the world. Historically, more than 200,000 Americans have served with the Peace Corps to promote a better understanding between Americans and the people of 139 host countries. Today, 8,655 volunteers are working with local communities in 76 host countries. Peace Corps volunteers must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age. Peace Corps service is a 27-month commitment. Visit www.peacecorps.gov for more information.

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