An Australian woman will be able to return home on unsupervised probation after pleading guilty Wednesday to sending sexually explicit photos of herself, via the Internet, to a 17-year-old girl and trying to meet up with her in Jackson, Tenn.
Rianne Gysberts, 31, of Frankston, Victoria in Australia, pleaded guilty to a charge of solicitation of a minor to observe sexual conduct, according to a Wednesday afternoon news release from the Jackson Police Department.
Gysberts’ entered her plea in Madison County Circuit Court, Division II and was sentenced to two years of unsupervised probation. She must also pay a $500 fine.
Police said Gysberts was ordered to forfeit items that Jackson police seized as evidence, including her iPad, laptop computer and two cell phones.
Gysberts' passport will be returned to her, police said and she will be free to return to Australia.
Not only will Gysberts have to register with JPD as a sex offender, but investigators will also inform the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) of Gysberts’ status as a sex offender.
According to an affidavit of complaint and Jackson police, the 17-year-old girl’s mother contacted the Jackson Police Department the morning of Sept. 27 after she learned that a woman had been having inappropriate communication with her daughter through text messages.
The department's Special Investigations Bureau was notified and investigators met with the woman’s 17-year-old daughter while the teen was at school.
The teen told investigators that she meet Gysberts in a chat room called “Chat Hour” (formerly known as “WeirdTown Chat,” according to the website.)
Police said their investigation revealed that Gysberts and the girl had been talking online for about a month.
The teen said she began talking with Gysberts and Gysberts sent nude photos of herself to the teen, the affidavit said. Gysberts traveled from Australia to Baltimore, Md., on an unrelated matter. While in Baltimore, Gysberts made plans to meet the teen in Jackson. The teen agreed to met her at McDonald’s, located at 1918 U.S. 45 Bypass, in Jackson.
Gyberts arrived at McDonald's around 2 p.m. Sept. 27, Jackson police said. Gysberts was taken into custody on the parking lot of the fast-food restaurant by investigators, who were waiting for her, when she arrived.
Gysberts was read her Miranda rights and agreed to speak with investigators about the incident, the affidavit said. Gysberts admitted, during an interview, that she came to Jackson to meet the teen and that she sent nude photos to the girl. Gysberts also had a cell phone and a promise ring she intended to give the teen.
During her arraignment on the charges in September, Gysberts’ bond was set at $30,000, which she made, and she was ordered to surrender her passport as a condition of bond.
Gysberts was indicted on a charge of solicitation of sexual exploitation of a minor on Dec. 2.
Australian media reported that Gysberts, who graduated from Frankston High School in 2000, is a receptionist. Her Facebook page said she was born in Frankston, Victoria, Australia.
Gysberts received an advanced diploma of hospitality management in 2007 from William Angliss Institute of TAFE (Technical and Further Education), according to her Google profile.