October 11, 2013
Michael Lee Saylor pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual battery of a child under the age of 13.
Outside of the Albemarle County Circuit Court Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney, Darby Lowe, read statement from the victim of Saylor's sexual assault.
“I have been sexually abused by Mr. Saylor for more than two years, sometimes multiple times a week, sometimes I managed to avoid him for weeks,” says Lowe, reading the statement from the victim.
The victim says that back in January of this year Saylor sexually abused her while she was at his home playing with his daughter. She was 12-years-old at the time.
“Eventually I told my parents and they called the police right away,” says Lowe.
Back in August Saylor was arrested and charged with aggravated sexual battery.
The victim's parents also released a statement saying “Our child's innocence was shattered three years ago by Mr. Saylor. Instead of our child enjoying her childhood she was introduced to the hardships of the adult world. Our community is safer now that this predator is incarcerated.”
There was also a previous trial where another victim came forward who was six at the time she was allegedly abused by Saylor. That trial ended in a hung jury and he was not listed as a sex offender at the time.
“Even though it was scary and I lost my best friend, I told my parents and the judge the truth about what happened to me. I feel safer knowing he is in jail and happy that everyone else will be safe,” says Lowe as she reads a statement from the previous victim.
Albemarle county police hope that Saylor's arrest can be a testament of what can happen when children come forward about sexual abuse.
“It can happen in your community and it can happen to your children and so we want to make sure people read the statements,” says Carter Johnson from the Albemarle County Police Department. “Take the time to see the impact that these crimes have on children, on families on the community and really engage in that conversation and hopefully prevent this from happening in the future.”