Trainee soldier used fake social media profiles to trick woman into sex
A trainee soldier who created four fake social media profiles to manipulate a woman into sleeping with him has been jailed for nearly 20 years.
John Osborne, 27, used the personas to threaten that the victim would be kidnapped, beaten and raped if she did not have sex with him.
He was convicted of 15 counts of rape at Bristol Crown Court last month and sentenced to 18 years behind bars yesterday.
The jury heard how Osborne of Aust, south Gloucestershire, sent more than 4,000 messages to the woman over a three month period to weave a web of lies.
The woman befriended him online and revealed details of her private life, which Osborne used to threaten and intimidate her using his different identities.
When the pair met face-to-face, Osborne claimed he too was being forced into sex.
He said videos of the two would be shared online and indecent images would be distributed near her home with her contact details on them.
Jailing Osborne, Judge Mark Horton ordered him to serve a further five years on licence for the ruthless offences.
He said the case represented a disturbing development in the use of social media.
Judge Horton added: You used and developed applications and services available to you through the internet, social media and dark web to orchestrate what effectively became a weapon in your hands to establish and achieve the emotional and physical control of your victim.
You used your actions to bully, control and eventually blackmail her.
This is worse than violence, violence you can recover from. You controlled her body and mind.
You believed by your actions you had created a sexual toy you could control at your whim.