‘Facebook fa­mous’ rapist be­hind bars

Southern Telegraph - - NEWS - Tim Clarke

A Waikiki man who used Facebook to get young girls to send him nudes, then black­mailed them into sex has been jailed for more than five years by a Perth judge.

Rhian Lee Ryan, 21, boasted how he was “Facebook fa­mous” through his stag­ger­ingly pro­lific use of so­cial me­dia to re­peat­edly tar­get and troll teenage girls all over Perth.

Now, he is so no­to­ri­ous in jail for his rape of a 14-year-old girl in 2015 — whom he black­mailed, threat­ened, then punched, de­tained and re­peat­edly raped — that he has to be pro­tected in prison. Last Friday, he was told he would be be­hind bars un­til 2023 at least, af­ter a jury found him guilty of one rape, and he ad­mit­ted sex­u­ally as­sault­ing three more teenage girls.

Dis­trict Court judge Stephen Scott used his re­marks to ques­tion why Ryan, and oth­ers like him, were able to to use so­cial me­dia “with­out any fil­ter or restriction”.

“The abil­ity for you and oth­ers to com­mu­ni­cate unchecked in this way is an in­sid­i­ous by-prod­uct of Facebook and other so­cial me­dia fo­rums,” Judge Scott said.

“It is well known that so many youth sui­cides re­sult from threats and bul­ly­ing on these fo­rums.

“So one won­ders when, in a civilised so­ci­ety, Facebook and other so­cial me­dia sites will recog­nise and take re­me­dial ac­tion to pro­tect our youth from the dread­ful con­se­quences of be­ing sub­jected to abuse and threats from those who use these fo­rums with­out re­gard for the con­se­quences of their ac­tions.”

In early 2015, af­ter one girl was bul­lied into send­ing in­ti­mate pic­tures, she was then threat­ened with exposure if she did not go to Ryan’s house.

When she did, a jury found the then 17-year-old punched her, held her against her will and raped her re­peat­edly.

In early 2017, Ryan threat­ened an­other girl, was ar­rested, charged and bailed.

While on bail, he met two 13year-old girls in a park, who he bul­lied into com­ing over.

When they ar­rived, he sex­u­ally as­saulted them both.

Rhian Lee Ryan

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