Man gets 8 years for sex with orphans

September 16, 2009 12:08:23 PM PDT
A wealthy Russian-American car exporter in Philadelphia has been sentenced to eight years in prison for procuring girls for sex from a St. Petersburg orphanage in Russia. Andrew Mogilyansky received the maximum under terms of his "sex tourism" plea. Prosecutors say he raped one girl on her 14th birthday and a 13-year-old in her first sexual encounter.

A civil suit accuses the 39-year-old married man of helping finance an online child-sex ring and develop its Web site to attract international customers. Victims told authorities he had left them pained, depressed and unable to trust men.

But friends call the Columbia University graduate a brilliant man of high character, and a defense psychotherapist said he is not a sexual predator.

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