Horsham man to be sentenced for Facebook use

A HORSHAM man who offered a girl money to strip on Facebook will be sentenced next month.

Robert Darren Fry, 25, pleaded guilty in Horsham Magistrate's Court on Wednesday to two counts of having used a carriage service for indecent communication with a child under 16.

Magistrate Richard Pithouse adjourned Fry's sentencing to November 28.

The maximum penalty for the Commonwealth offence is seven years' jail.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Guin Cleminson argued that Fry should become a registered sex offender, but Mr Pithouse said he was unsure whether that was legally possible.

Sgt Cleminson told the court that Fry's victim was a girl, 13, and they had not met in person but were Facebook friends at the time.

She said Fry asked the girl to be Facebook friends after he saw the girl outside her house.

The Facebook communication between Fry and the girl occurred during July.

Sgt Cleminson said Fry talked to the girl about sex.

He told the court the girl initially thought Fry was joking and replied to him, then Fry specifically asked the girl what she was doing one night.

Sgt Cleminson said Fry offered the girl $50 to 'flash' him and the girl later asked for $400, because she thought Fry would think the amount was too high.

Fry agreed with the amount and said he had just returned from the bank.

The girl then blocked Fry on Facebook.

Fry made admissions and told police the girl said she was 16, but the girl told police she had never said that.

Sgt Cleminson tendered a victim impact statement and Facebook logs to the court.

Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service solicitor Karen Chibert asked Mr Pithouse if she could make a plea submission on behalf of Fry, but he said he would hear that on the day of sentencing.

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