No Jail Time For Man Who Met Teen On Anorexia Site & Held Her Captive For A Year
Michael Wysolovski pleaded guilty, did 8 months behind bars, and ended up being sentenced to “time served” for raping, torturing, and imprisoning the teenage victim.
ATLANTA, GA — A Georgia man who pleaded guilty to keeping a teenage girl in sexual captivity for more than a year has been sentenced to a few months of “time served.”
Michael Wysolovski, 33, pleaded guilty last week in the case of a North Carolina girl who went missing when she was 15. More than a year later, authorities found the girl at Wysolovski’s home in June 2017, where she had been held captive and subjected to sexual torments, including allegedly being raped, beaten, kept in a dog cage, and starved.
Wysolovski reportedly met the victim in an internet forum for people dealing with anorexia. According to the victim’s father, the girl was suffering extreme malnutrition and had ringworm when she was rescued.
After being indicted for multiple charges including rape, aggravated sodomy, and false imprisonment, Wysolovski cut a deal and pleaded guilty to first-degree child cruelty and interstate interference with custody. The specific child-cruelty charge he pleaded to specifically refers to “excessive physical pain during sexual intercourse.”
As a result, Wysolovski was then sentenced to 10 years, eight months in prison. Due to his plea deal, however, Wysolovski will receive credit for the eight months spent behind bars, and he will now be free on probation for the remaining nine years, eight months of the sentence. Wysolovski will also have to register as a sex offender for life.
The announcement came after an emotional day in court in which the victim read an impact statement wherein she spoke of her “irreparably broken spirit and sense of self” and said, “The psychological damage Michael Wysolovski inflicted is beyond imagination.”
The state accepted the plea deal after reportedly being unsure how the case would play out in court due to “gray area” issues regarding consent.
Despite running away from home when she was 15, the victim didn't meet Wysolovski until she was 16. Therefore, because the age of consent in Georgia is 16, Wysolovski could not be charged with child molestation.
Prosecutor Michael DeTardo said the victim and Wysolovski initially entered into a consensual sexual relationship in which they practiced BDSM and simulated rape.
DeTardo went on to say that, in time, Wysolovski violated their agreement by using "excessive force" and refusing to recognize "safe words." Wysolovski also reportedly punished the victim, who was anorexic, by using food.
Defense attorneys said they would not accept a plea deal that included prison time. The victim’s family also said they did not want to put the teenager through the potential new trauma of a trial.
Prosecutors accepted the “time served” deal, but refused to grant Wysolovski first-offender status, which would have expunged the crime from his record after the sentence was completed.
In court, Gwinnett County Superior Court Judge Timothy Hamil told Wysolovski, “I don’t see any emotion from you. I don’t see any remorse from you. I am not moved to give you first offender status. In my time on the bench I can count on both hands the time I’ve refused to give someone first offender status, but there’s something inside me that says this is one of those times.”
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