Ryan Peter Charles Barwick

Posted: October 17, 2012 by Serendipity in Queensland
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Man jailed on net sex charges

Tony Keim

February 22, 2010 04:15pm

A COMPUTER gaming student has been jailed for three-and-a-half years for using the internet to procure a police officer posing as a 13-year-old girl to a Gold Coast railway station for sex.

The Brisbane Supreme Court was told Ryan Peter Charles Barwick, who used the internet nickname “ninja-warlord, was addicted to using the computer and surfed the internet to down-load and share child pornography and repeatedly attempt to procure a child for sex between October 2007 and June 2008.

Barwick, 26, a Bond University student, was ordered to serve a minimum of 18-months jail after pleading guilty to seven charges — three of which were crimes under Commonwealth laws and four under laws in Queensland.

The charges included using the internet to access and distribute child pornography, groom and procure a child under 16 for sex, expose a child to indecent material and possessing child exploitation material.

Commonwealth prosecutor Kila Pedder told the court a covert police operative — posing as a young girl named “Suzie” — commenced chatting to Barwick, then aged 24, on-line.

He said Barwick at first tried to engage “Suzie” by asking her if she had or wanted a boyfriend and progressed to graphic exchanges detailing explicit sexual material and requests to meet.

The court was told Barwick was eventually arrested when he went to the Nerang Railway Station, on the Gold Coast, in a bid to fulfil a pre-arranged meeting with teenage girl for proposed sexual encounter.

Police then searched Barwick’s home, at a retirement village at which his mother is the director of nursing, and seized his computer containing child pornography.

Barrister Mark Johnson, for Barwick, said his client was an immature man who suffered from developmental difficulties and led a lone-wolf type existence.

“When you are dealing with an immature, still young man, who clearly does suffer from … development difficulties … and social awareness skills … treatment is something that .. should very much occur,” he said.

“He is a somewhat complex individual … and may need some professional help.”

Justice Margaret Wilson, in sentencing Barwick, said: “This behaviour was disgusting and abhorrent.”

“Actual imprisonment is the only sentence appropriate.”

She told the court Barwick could be released on parole after spending 18-months in actual detention.


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