‘Facebook famous’ rapist behind bars
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