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Rape victim says Tyson needs help

The woman Mike Tyson was convicted of raping said in an interview aired Friday she pursued charges against Tyson because he needs help.

In her first television interview, Desiree Washington told ABC News' 20/20 she thinks Tyson is sick and should be sentenced to prison "for as long as it takes for him to be rehabilitated."

A jury convicted Tyson on Feb. 10 of rape and criminal deviate conduct against Washington, who was a contestant in the Miss Black America pageant when she met the former heavyweight champion last July.

Special prosecutor Greg Garrison told 20/20 he would recommend during sentencing March 27 that Tyson receive jail time. "It can go down as far as six years and up as far as 20. But it will be significant," Garrison said.

Washington, 19, told 20/20 she was offered $1-million to recant her allegations. However, she wouldn't say who made the offer.

Newsday, citing a source close to an FBI investigation into the allegation, reported on Friday the offer was made by the Rev. Virgil A. Wood, pastor of Pond Street Baptist Church in Providence, R.I. Wood denied making the offer.