Judge Released Man who Kept Minor as a Slave locked in Dog Cage in Atlanta Apartment

Authorities say they arrested and convicted Michael, who was 31 years old at the time, after finding out that he allegedly kept a 15-year-old girl as his personal slave, starving her and locking her in a dog cage for more than a year.

But the judge chose to let him go without jail time, and there was a very bad reason for this. The victim, who was 15 at the time, told police during an interview.

Hailey allegedly said she talked to the defendant online. The girl told him about her problems with anorexia and low self-esteem, which led to a close friendship that the boy used to get the girl to run away from home.

The criminal then tricked the girl into a BD-SM relationship that wasn’t her choice. It quickly turned into rape and abuse. Soon, the man had the girl as his personal se* slave in his Atlanta home. He restricted what she could eat and locked her in a dog box. The 15-year-old girl was finally freed by cops when she was 17 years old, more than a year after she had been captured.

She was badly undernourished, had ringworm, and had terrible back pain from being in the cage for so long. Even though Michael could have spent 25 years in prison, County Superior Court Hamil chose not to give him any jail time because he had already served time.

Judge Hamil only gave the offender a short 8-month prison sentence, but he counted the man’s 8-month stay in jail before getting his bond as time served. Michael will only have to stay on probation for 9 years and 4 months and record himself as a se* offender.

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Court documents show that the suspect had been charged with rape, aggravated sexual assault, cruelty to children, false imprisonment, and interstate interference with custody in the past. Judge Hamil did offer Michael a deal, though. He could plead guilty to first-degree abuse to children and interstate interference with custody in exchange for the deal.

Judge Hamil agreed that the defendant’s request to be considered a first-time offender should not be allowed. Because he agreed to a plea deal, the man did not have to go to prison—he just walked out of court.

“He manipulated me heavily, taking advantage of my mental illness to push me closer to his desires,” Hailey said. “He lowered my self-esteem greatly and led me to believe I’d never be loved or have a proper life if I gained any weight.”

As a result of what she said happened, the victim has low self-esteem and is afraid of showers and rain. She is also obsessed with things in her environment, like making sure she is safe by checking locks and doors over and over again. Reports say Hailey has tried to kill herself three times since she escaped.

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