Johnathan Terrence Vyvyan, 24, has already served days of that sentence, so he will only be incarcerated for another two months. Barglind noted that she was following the plea agreement of a nine-month jail cap in order to spare the victims the experience of going through a trial.
Vyvyan was sentenced on one felony count of attempted human trafficking and one felony count of failure to comply with the sex offender registration act. According to testimony given at court hearings, Vyvyan placed an advertisement on the website Craigslist to find men who were interested in receiving massages from women.
He told at least one man that extra services, including sexual contact, might be included with the massages. Vyvyan was supposed to receive a cut of the money for each encounter he set up, according to testimony.
She eventually agreed to massage the man, but left when the man took off his underwear. The woman testified that she agreed to massage the man, then began to have sexual contact with him when asked. She added that she soon stopped and proceeded with the massage.
While conducting the investigation, authorities determined that Vyvyan, a registered sex offender, had failed to report an e-mail address used in connection with an active social media. During the sentencing hearing, defense attorney Kalen Lipe pointed out that Vyvyan has a history of involvement in community service organizations and has had excellent behavior while incarcerated.
Dickinson County Assistant Prosecutor Kristin Kass explained that, even though Vyvyan has a criminal history and that his current charges are serious, a plea deal was made for the benefit of, and with the consent of, the victims. When given a chance to speak, Vyvyan apologized to both the court and one of the victims who was present in the courtroom. Judge Barglind noted that Vyvyan has a record of four misdemeanors, but each offense started out as a more serious charge.
All offenses were sexual in nature, she added. For that reason, Judge Barglind opted to sentence Vyvyan to the maximum probation term allowable — five years.
She emphasized that if Vyvyan violates his probation, he will be going to prison. AP — Michigan drivers will have the option to renew their vehicle registration every two years Thursday in the Are you a paying subscriber to the newspaper?
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