Jail for Face­book preda­tor

Kwinana Courier - - Front Page - Gabrielle Jef­fery

A BALDIVIS man who de­scribed him­self as “Face­book fa­mous” was sen­tenced to an im­me­di­ate prison term on Tues­day.

The Courier has been fol­low­ing the case of Rhian Lee Ryan (20) since he first ap­peared in Rock­ing­ham Mag­is­trates Court.

He was ac­cused of us­ing so­cial me­dia to find his rape vic­tim.

He pleaded guilty and was sen­tenced to 20 months im­pris­on­ment in Perth District Court.

A BALDIVIS man who re­ferred to him­self as “Face­book fa­mous” and used so­cial me­dia to find his rape vic­tim was sen­tenced to an im­me­di­ate prison term on Tues­day.

Rhian Lee Ryan (20) was sen­tenced by Judge Hyl­ton Quail after plead­ing guilty to com­pelling a person to do an act and sex­ual pen­e­tra­tion of a child over 13 and un­der 16.

Pros­e­cu­tor Joel Grin­ceri said Ryan formed a friend­ship with the 15-yearold fe­male vic­tim through Face­book in 2016.

They had been com­mu­ni­cat­ing on so­cial me­dia for sev­eral weeks be­fore the vic­tim sent a photo of her breasts to Ryan. He then threat­ened to post the im­age on so­cial me­dia if she did not send more ex­plicit nude images to him.

She com­plied out of fear and he once again threat­ened to post the images if she did not come to his house.

The vic­tim com­plied and took part in oral sex with Ryan.

Mr Grin­ceri said there was co­er­cion and an el­e­ment of groom­ing in the mes­sages from Ryan to the vic­tim.

His lawyer, James Suther­land, said it was con­sen­sual but Mr Grin­ceri said she was cry­ing while she was do­ing it.

“The State con­cedes it was done with the vic­tim’s factual con­sent – there is a range of con­sent from en­thu­si­as­tic to be­grudg­ing re­luc­tance,” he said.

“She started to cry – it was be­grudg­ing con­sent.”

Mr Suther­land said both par­ties got sat­is­fac­tion from us­ing Face­book.

“He was us­ing that medium a lot and he now re­alises how much trou­ble that was for him but he just used it more and more,” he said.

“I think it’s no­to­ri­ous that peo­ple can achieve some level of psy­cho­log­i­cal sat­is­fac­tion from Face­book.”

Jus­tice Quail cut Ryan’s lawyer short.

“But her po­si­tion is quite dif­fer­ent, Mr Suther­land,” he said.

Mr Suther­land asked for a mod­est penalty but Jus­tice Quail said Ryan’s act was a se­ri­ous of­fence.

“The con­duct be­ing pun­ished was the fact it was a child – they can­not give con­sent,” he said.

“You ex­ploited that, that’s what you did and ad­mit­ted mes­sag­ing too many un­der­age peo­ple.”

“No doubt what you did trig­gered her break­down; (she is) con­stantly an­gry, does not sleep or eat prop­erly and (it) af­fected her fam­ily and will for some time to come.”

Ryan was sen­tenced to 20 months in prison.

Rhian Lee Ryan.

Rhian Lee Ryan.

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