An Australian woman who sent explicit photographs of herself
to a Tennessee girl has avoided a jail sentence in the US,
but she will have to register as a sex offender.
Rianne Gysberts, 31, of Frankston, Victoria, entered a guilty
plea in Tennessee's Madison County Circuit Court on Wednesday
to one count of solicitation of a minor to observe sexual
Gysberts was arrested in a sting operation at a McDonald's
restaurant in September after the 17-year-old girl's mother
alerted authorities that the Melbourne woman had travelled to
Tennessee to meet her daughter.
Gysberts had been communicating with the girl over the
internet for about a month, including sending the teen naked
photos of herself.
Investigators from Tennessee's Jackson Police Department said
Gysberts wanted "to take this relationship as far as it could
A judge sentenced Gysberts on Wednesday to two years of
unsupervised probation and fined her $US500 ($A566).
Gysberts also had to forfeit her laptop computer, iPad and
two mobile phones, and register with Jackson police as a sex
Jackson investigators will inform Interpol of Gysberts' sex
Police will return Gysberts' passport and she will be free to
fly back to Australia.