Michael Saylor, 58, pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated sexual battery of a child under the age of 13 Friday in Albemarle County Circuit Court.
Saylor pleaded guilty as part of a plea agreement reached with the commonwealth. He was sentenced to 20 years behind bars, but all but three years and four months were suspended.
Albemarle County police arrested Saylor in August - though documents show the crime took place in January. The prosecution said Saylor assaulted the child over a two-year period and pleaded guilty January 16 to inappropriately touching her.
Court records show Saylor was charged with the same charge - but involving a different victim - in 2010. A trial in 2012 ended in a mistrial and prosecutors did not move forward with a second trial.
The prosecution says Saylor allegedly assaulted the victim in Thursday's case while that first case was still pending.
As part of Saylor's plea, Saylor's name will be listed on the sex offender registry to warn the community.
Albemarle County hopes to halt sex-based crimes against minors and asks parents to speak with their children about this case.
"We think it's important that anyone who is a victim of a crime knows to come forward as soon as possible and report it as soon as you can and so we can begin an investigation," said Carter Johnson, public information officer for the Albemarle County Police Department.
The commonwealth says both children suffered substantially. The plea agreement saved them from the trauma of having to testify in front of Saylor.
Prosecutors read a moving statement from a 12-year-old victim after Saylor pleaded guilty. Prosecutors also read a statement from a 6-year-old victim and that victim's parents.
To read the victims' impact statements, click here.We have redacted some information from the statements to protect the privacy of the victims. The 12-year-old victim was the case heard in court Friday. The 6-year-old victim is from the 2010 case. The parental statement is from the 6-year-old victim. Ages 6 and 12 are how old the victims were when the abuse took place.
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