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creepy Music producer who sent explicit messages to Sligo girl (14) told to sign England sex offenders reg

Jason Paul Ryan sent up to 40 messages per day to his victim under fake name

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Jason Paul Ryan pictured leaving Sligo Courthouse after his sentencing hearing. Pic: Carl Brennan.

Jason Paul Ryan pictured leaving Sligo Courthouse after his sentencing hearing. Pic: Carl Brennan.

Jason Paul Ryan pictured leaving Sligo Courthouse after his sentencing hearing. Pic: Carl Brennan.

A PAEDOPHILE musical producer who was convicted of sending sexually explicit messages to a 14-year-old girl in Sligo appeared in court in the UK this week where he was ordered to sign on the sex offenders register.

Jason Paul Ryan, who is originally from Jenkinstown, Co. Kilkenny but now lives in Warrington, England, bombarded the girl with sexually explicit messages after he met her during rehearsals for a play.

He ran his own production company and was involved in numerous musicals, pantomimes and workshops involving children.

He met his victim in 2014 when he visited her school to hold auditions and stage a musical on behalf of the school.

Around a month after the musical was staged, he contacted the girl on Facebook using a fake profile under the name John Marks.

Over the period of a month, he bombarded his victim with sexual messages, sometimes up to 40 in one day, and told her he had carried out sex acts looking at her pictures.

He downloaded a picture from the girl’s own social media account of her in a bikini beside a pool during a family holiday and sent it to her with the caption “oh hello”.

He sent her another of her own pictures and captioned it “mmmm…”

He made numerous comments on her appearance and sent another message saying: “You look so hot and your body is so mmm.”

In another message he wrote: “You have to admit you look hot in that pic”. He went on to tell her he was aroused looking at the picture and later messaged her to tell her he carried out a sex act while looking at pictures of her.

He also sent her a picture of him holding up paper with her name on it and later asked her to delete it but she didn’t.

He also asked her if she had ever had sex and when she replied that she was only 14 he said he knew “some girls who start” at 12.

The girl spoke to friends about the message and later told a teacher in her school. The principal of her school later contacted gardai who raided Ryan’s home in Kilkenny where he lived with his wife and three children.

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The girl told gardai she found the message creepy and said they made her feel uncomfortable.

Ryan admitted sending the messages when contacted by gardai. Gardai seized electronic equipment during the raid on his home and discovered he had five Facebook profiles none of which were in his own name.

He appeared in Sligo Circuit Court in December where he was given a suspended sentence after he pleaded guilty to a count of sexual exploitation of a child.

During the hearing his defence counsel said Ryan’s wife left him after his arrest and returned to her native Liverpool with her children. She died in November 2020.

Ryan also moved to the UK after his arrest and is currently living on Kildonan Road in Grappenhall, Warrington. He was working in a NHS vaccination in recent months.

He appeared at Warrington Magistrates Court on Tuesday where he was handed a 10 year notification requirement.

He was ordered by the court to sign the offenders’ register at Warrington Police Station with three days.

He replied: “I fully understand, thank you very much.”

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