A trainee soldier who created 4 fake social media profiles to manipulate a woman into sleeping with him has been jailed for almost 20 years.
John Osborne, 27, used the personas to threaten that the sufferer can be kidnapped, overwhelmed and raped if she didn’t have sex with him.
He was convicted of 15 counts of rape at Bristol Crown Court final month and sentenced to 18 years behind bars yesterday.
The jury heard how Osborne of Aust, south Gloucestershire, despatched greater than 4,000 messages to the woman over a 3 month interval to weave an online of lies.
The woman befriended him on-line and revealed particulars of her non-public life, which Osborne used to threaten and intimidate her utilizing his completely different identities..
When the pair met face-to-face, Osborne claimed he too was being compelled into sex.
He mentioned movies of the 2 can be shared on-line and indecent photographs can be distributed close to her residence with her contact particulars on them.
Jailing Osborne, Judge Mark Horton ordered him to serve an extra 5 years on licence for the ‘ruthless’ offences.
He mentioned the case represented a disturbing improvement in the usage of social media.
Judge Horton added: ‘You used and developed purposes and companies out there to you thru the web, social media and darkish net to orchestrate what successfully grew to become a weapon in your fingers to set up and obtain the emotional and bodily management of your sufferer.
‘You used your actions to bully, management and finally blackmail her.
‘This is worse than violence, violence you possibly can get well from. You managed her physique and thoughts.
‘You believed by your actions you had created a sexual toy you could control at your whim.’.
Osborne was additionally handed a ten-year restraining order and a ten-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
Temporary detective chief inspector Tom Herbert mentioned: ‘John Osborne’s ranges of deceit knew no bounds. He preyed on the belief his sufferer positioned in him to rob her of her true capability to consent.
‘The manipulation and subsequent rapes have had a significant effect on her.’