SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Tuesday the U.S. Department of Justice announced federal charges against a Bryan County man and his wife.
According to officials, Michael Wilson, 37, faces charges including Coercion and Enticement of a Minor to Engage in Sexual Activity. Michael’s spouse, Lori Wilson, a/k/a “Loretta Lightningbolt,” 34, faces a separate federal indictment with Tampering with a Victim or Witness.
“They talk through instant messaging apps, Instagram, Facebook, Whatsapp, and some of the dating apps. People misrepresent their age on there, as well, but we do have a lot of people who intentionally seek out young children and adolescents. It’s just so very common.”Trinity Ingram Jones, The Cottage
According to court documents and testimony, Michael Wilson is accused of attempting to coerce multiple minor victims to engage in sexual activity from 2017 through early 2019. After the minors reported the information to police, the indictment says Lori Wilson persuaded one of the victims to “withhold information regarding… reports of sexual assault.”
Trinity Ingram Jones is a medical forensic examiner at The Cottage, a sexual abuse center in Richmond Hill. Ingram-Jones told News 3 in 2019 alone, she has seen 72 children for medical exams, not including other services. She said the trauma from a case like this requires long-term care.
“Sometimes if you tell a child something over and over again, children and adolescents, there’s suggestibility there. They can convince them that it never happened.”Trinity Ingram Jones, The Cottage
The indictment states Lori Wilson attempted to persuade the victim that the minor’s experiences were “psychic visions” or “dreams.”
The charges against Michael Wilson carry possible sentences of up to life in prison.
Lori Wilson could face a possible sentence of up to 20 years in prison, along with up to five years of supervised release.