A Georgia man who has admitted to keeping a teenage girl in captivity for over a year is not going to prison.
Michael Wysolovski, 33, pleaded guilty to first-degree cruelty to children and interstate interference with custody Thursday and was sentenced to 10 years, eight months of which would be served in prison, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. However, he received credit for the eight months he spent jailed before receiving bond in February 2018, so he'll walk free.
The rest of his 10-year sentence will be served on probation.
The victim was a teenage girl from Ballantyne, North Carolina who went missing for more than a year before being found in Wysolovski’s Duluth home in 2017, the FBI’s Charlotte office said in a press release at the time. The FBI worked in conjunction with the Gwinnett County Police Department, who told Oxygen.com that the arrest report is confidential because it involves a crime against a child.
Wysolovski met the victim when she was only 15 in an online forum for people struggling with the eating disorder anorexia, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Her father said in a victim impact statement that Wyscolovski held her in a dog cage, which led to back problems and ringworm.
The victim herself spoke in court last week, clutching a stuffed animal.
“The second I left my home, my life was ruined," she said, WBTV in Charlotte reports.
Wysolovski allegedly convinced the victim to act out sexual fantasies with him regularly.
Wysolovski was initially indicted on charges of rape, aggravated sodomy, cruelty to children, false imprisonment and interstate interference with custody.
Because the victim was 16 by the time the alleged sexual abuse started, and because Georgia’s age of consent is 16, Wysolovski could not be charged with child molestation. The rape and aggravated sodomy charges were dropped when Wysolovski took a plea deal. He has been court-ordered to register as a sex offender.
“He lowered my self esteem greatly and led me to believe I would never be loved or have a proper life if I gained any weight," the victim testified.
The teen was saved after she reached out to someone on the same forum where she met Wysolovski for help, and that person contacted the FBI.
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