Man Sentenced for Relationships With Underage Girls

November 3, 2011 Updated Nov 3, 2011 at 4:57 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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November 3, 2011 Updated Nov 3, 2011 at 4:57 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - Michael Abdallah, 28, was sentenced to four years on charges of promoting prostitution, and rape in the second and third degree Thursday morning.

These acts were against a number of teenage girls.

Just before his sentencing, Abdallah apologized to the court.

"I'd like to apologize for any trouble I caused and I'd like to thank my family for being here for me," Abdallah said.

In February of 2010, the prosecution says there were teen girls staying with Abdallah and having sexual relations with him. One girl claimed she had to have sex with Abdallah up to three times a day for months and that she was forced to babysit his young son.

"The court knows the facts of this case involving a breach of trust between Mr. Abdallah and many vulnerable teenage victims," Prosecutors said.

Although they were underage, the defense attorney said nothing was forced upon the girls.

"These girls were runaways, they were prostitutes. He knew that. They're not violent felonies as things were done to people against there will this was consensual," Defense Attorney Michael D'Amico said.

Judge Kenneth Case disagrees.

"Girls under a certain age are not capable of giving consent. That's why we're here today," Judge Case said.

Abdallah's mother, who did not want to be shown on camera, also spoke out in her son's defense.

"My son unfortunately believed her when she said she was 17 years old. He was trying to help here because she said her mother kicked her out of the house," Abdallah's mother said.

Abdallah was on probation for a misdemeanor at the time he was arrested for these crimes. The judge said he took that into consideration and gave him four years behind bars. Abdullah has already served two years.

"He's not a monster, he's a decent man, so but I'm glad that we got what we did because originally we talked about putting him away for 15 or 20 years," D'Amico said.

Orders of protection were also issued against Abdallah. He cannot have any contact with the teens involved for the next ten years.