Statement from Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams on the Jesse Osmun Case

Washington, D.C., June 27, 2012 – The Peace Corps released the following statement from Director Aaron S. Williams in response to today’s announcement in the Jesse Osmun case.

“The crimes of this former volunteer are reprehensible. The Peace Corps has no tolerance for abuse of any kind, and our deepest sympathies are with all the victims involved. I am thankful to the Peace Corps Office of Inspector General, the Department of Justice, ICE Homeland Security Investigations and the South African Police Service for conducting a well coordinated investigation that brought about swift justice in this case. The Peace Corps is committed to ensuring that the children affected by these crimes receive proper care and treatment,” said Peace Corps Director Williams.

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.

As part of the agency's process for determining if an applicant is suitable for Peace Corps service, every applicant undergoes a background check.

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

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