PHILADELPHIA — A wealthy Russian-American car exporter was sentenced to eight years in prison Wednesday for procuring girls from a Russian orphanage to have sex with them. Andrew Mogilyansky, 39, of suburban Philadelphia raped one girl on her 14th birthday and a 13-year-old in her first sexual encounter, the victims said in letters to the court. The original indictment accuses Mogilyansky of helping finance and run an online child-sex ring aimed at rich international customers. An $8 million civil lawsuit that made the same allegations has been settled. However, he pleaded guilty only to being a customer of the now-defunct “Berenika” ring. “I still feel his repugnant breath. I hate him,” one of the victims, now 18, wrote in a statement read in court. Friends from Mogilyansky days at Columbia University testified Wednesday, describing him as brilliant and generous, and his wife called him a loving husband and father. A defense psychotherapist concluded he is not a sexual predator. But the victims wrote that he left them pained, depressed and unable to trust men since the assaults in 2003 and 2004. Mogilyansky was accused of getting the girls from an orphanage on the outskirts of St. Petersburg, then assaulting them… Read full this story
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