An Australian woman was arraigned Monday morning after being arrested Friday afternoon in Jackson while attempting to meet a girl she sent nude photos to online.
Rianne Gysberts, 31, of Frankston, Victoria, was formally arraigned, via video link, Monday at 8 a.m. in Jackson City Court on charges of solicitation of sexual exploitation of a minor for sending sexually explicit photos to a 17-year-old Three Way girl.
According to Tennessee Code Annotated 39-13-529 (b)(2), “it is unlawful for any person 18 years of age or older, directly or by means of electronic communication, electronic mail or Internet service, including webcam communications, to intentionally: display to a minor, or expose a minor to, any material containing simulated sexual activity that is patently offensive or sexual activity if 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.”
During her arraignment, Gysberts told Judge Blake Anderson that she had no family in this area, had not been arrested before and was not on probation or parole.
The prosecutor recommended that Gysberts’ bond be set at $30,000 and that she surrender her passport. Anderson agreed.
Gysberts is being held at the Madison County Jail and is scheduled to have her preliminary hearing on Oct. 10.
According to Jackson police and an affidavit of complaint, a mother contacted the 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 planes to meet the teen in Jackson. The teen agreed to met her at McDonald’s, located at 1918 U.S. 45 Bypass, in Jackson.
Police said Gyberts arrived at McDonald’s around 2 p.m. Sept. 27. When she arrived, Gysberts was taken into custody on the parking lot of the fast-food restaurant by investigators, who were waiting for her.
The affidavit stated that Gysberts was read her Miranda rights and agreed to speak with investigators about the incident. During the interview, Gysberts admitted 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 she intended to give the teen.
According to Australian media, 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. She also lived in Portland, Victoria, Australia at one time.
Police are asking that anyone with information about adults making online solicitation of minors contact the Jackson Police Department’s Special Investigations Bureau at 731-425-8400.