Jail for Facebook predator
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.