CLEARWATER (FOX 13) - At 62 years old, Robert Wyche appeared in front of judge Monday afternoon looking tired and weathered.
After nearly two years awaiting trial in jail, he decided to take a plea deal. But before the man accused of running a major sex trafficking ring in Pinellas County started his 10-year prison sentence, one of his victims took to the podium to send her aggressor off with a powerful farewell.
"This man, Robert Wyche, is a very violent and manipulative person," the woman said, trembling, during court proceedings Monday.
The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, was taken in by Wyche when she was just 23 years old.
"I prostituted, I brought the money to him. He took care of my needs. Drugs, alcohol, and a roof over my head," she continued. She says leaving wasn't an option. She had no family to turn to and was scared for her life.
"I was beaten. I was tied up. I was held hostage whenever I didn't comply. I have physical scars, as well as mental," she said.