U.S. Lists Aussie Woman As Sexual Predator

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By Athena Yenko | December 20, 2013 3:39 PM EST

The U.S. has registered Riane Gysberts, an Aussie woman, from Franskton, Victoria as a sexual predator as she pleaded guilty to one count of solicitation of a minor observing sexual conduct in Tennessee's Madison Country Circuit Court.

Gysberts had been reportedly sending explicit emails and naked photos of herself to her victim and was willing "to take this relationship as far as it could go," the court heard.

A judge ruled for Gysberts to two years of unsupervised probation and fined her AU$566. She was also forced to give up her laptop, iPad, two mobile phones by being registered as a sex offender. The Interpol will also be informed about her sex offender status. Her passport will be returned and she will be free to fly back to Australia.

In a Dec. 2 report from Jacksonsun.com, it said Gysberts was freed on bail amounting to $30,000 but was ordered to surrender her passport.

Back in Sept. 27, Gysberts was arrested through an entrapment operation conducted at a McDonald's chain after the victim's mother alerted the police.

The mother of a 17-year-old daughter sought the help of the police when she learned that Gysberts had travelled all the way from Melbourne to meet her daughter.

The police department's Special Investigation Bureau said they set up the entrapment "to lure Gysbert's for an arrest."

At around 2 p.m., Gysberts arrived at McDonald's with the police already waiting. The authorities immediately took her into custody and jailed her at Madison County jail.

According to Tennessee Compilation of Selected Laws on Children, Youth and Families, the crime of soliciting sexual exploitation of a minor (exploitation of a minor by electronic means) constitutes the following:

(a) It is an offense for a person eighteen (18) years of age or older, by means of oral, written or electronic communication, electronic mail or Internet service, including webcam communications, directly or through another, to intentionally command, hire, persuade, induce or cause a minor to engage in sexual activity or simulated sexual activity that is patently offensive, as defined in § 39-17-1002, where such sexual activity or simulated sexual activity is observed by that person or by another.

(b) It is unlawful for any person eighteen (18) years of age or older, directly or by means of electronic communication, electronic mail or Internet service, including webcam communications, to intentionally:

(1) Engage in sexual activity, or simulated sexual activity, that is patently offensive, as defined in § 39-17-1002, for the purpose of having the minor view the sexual activity or simulated sexual activity, including circumstances where the minor is in the presence of the person, or where the minor views such activity via electronic communication, including electronic mail, Internet service and webcam communications;

(2) Display to a minor, or expose a minor to, any material containing sexual activity or simulated sexual activity that is patently offensive, as defined in § 39-17-1002, where the purpose of the display can reasonably be construed as being for the sexual arousal or gratification of the minor or the person displaying the material; and

(3) Display to a law enforcement officer posing as a minor, and whom the person making the display reasonably believes to be less than eighteen (18) years of age, any material containing sexual activity or simulated sexual activity that is patently offensive, as defined in § 39-17-1002, where the purpose of the display can reasonably be construed as being for the sexual arousal or gratification of the intended minor or the person displaying the material.

(c) The statute of limitations for the offenses in this section shall be the applicable statute for the class of the offense, or until the child reaches the age of eighteen (18), whichever is greater.

(d) A person is subject to prosecution in this state under this statute for any conduct that originates in this state, or for any conduct that originates by a person located outside this state, where the conduct involved a minor located in this state or the solicitation of a law enforcement officer posing as a minor located in this state.

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