- A 33-year-old Georgia man will serve no prison time after pleading guilty to sexually abusing a teenage girl he kept locked in a dog cage.
- When the FBI first found the 17-year-old girl in June 2017, she was malnourished, had ringworm, and was suffering from gripping back pain from being confined in the cage.
- The perpetrator, Michael Wysolovski, was handed a 10-year sentence and spent eight months behind bars. He will receive credit for time served and spend the remainder of his 10-year sentence on probation. He will also have to register as a sex offender.
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A 33-year-old Georgia man will serve no prison time after pleading guilty to sexually abusing a teenage girl and keeping her in a dog cage.
When the FBI first found the 17-year-old girl in June 2017, she was malnourished, had ringworm, and was suffering from gripping back pain from being confined in the cage.
Her father said in a victim-impact statement that his daughter had been missing for more than a year, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. In her emotional testimony last week, the victim described being forced to perform sexual acts in exchange for food.
“He lowered my self-esteem greatly and left me to believe I would never be loved or have a proper life if I gained weight,” said the teen, who INSIDER has chosen not to name in this story because she is a sexual-assault victim. “I severely mutilated myself hoping I would become unlovable so no one would hurt me like he did. I am deformed.”
She was 15 when she first met her assailant, Michael Wysolovski, on a forum for people suffering from anorexia. He convinced her to move in with him, and when she turned 16, the victim walked three miles from her home in North Carolina and Wysolovski picked her up on the side of a highway.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Wysolovski wouldn’t allow the teen to leave his home. While she had agreed to enter a “consensual non-consensual” sexual relationship with Wysolovski, which included BDSM acts, he violated the agreed-upon boundaries, using food to punish the victim, who was anorexic, and forcing her to partake in sexual acts, the report said.
Wysolovski pleaded guilty to first-degree cruelty to children caused by “excessive physical pain during sexual intercourse,” but he will serve no additional time behind bars.
The Washington Post reported that Wysolovski had been given a 10-year sentence. Because of his plea deal, he will receive credit for time served for the eight months he has spent in jail. He’ll be on probation for the remainder of that sentence. He will also be required to register as a sex offender.
Although he was charged with rape and aggravated sodomy after his arrest, those charges were dropped as part of his plea deal, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The victim’s father said he didn’t want to subject his daughter to a trial, which would have been their only option because Wysolovski’s attorney wouldn’t accept a plea deal that included prison time. “She would be attacked again by you and your attorney,” her father said.
Wysolovski wasn’t charged with child molestation because the age of consent in Georgia is 16 years old. He displayed no emotion in court as the victim described her abuse, WSB-TV reported. The girl’s family acknowledged they would have liked to see him behind bars.
Wysolovski’s sentencing follows that of a New York man who admitted to raping a teenage girl and who also received no jail time last week despite pleading guilty to third-degree rape. In that case, the judge sentenced the perpetrator to 10 years’ probation and required him to register as a Level 1 sex offender – the lowest level status in the state’s sex-offender registry.
In 2016, the former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner received a six-month jail sentence after being convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman, sparking outrage from people across the country over controversial sentences related to sexual assault.
According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN), the majority of rapists never go to jail or prison, with only 4.6 out of 1,000 perpetrators of sexual violence ever incarcerated.
“You are a coward,” the teen’s mother said in the Georgia courtroom, according to WSOC-TV. “A silver-tongued abuser who preys on young women and girls. You rape them. You torture them. You control them. You’re sick and sadistic.”
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