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Glenn Hartland seduced women online, romanced them with grand gestures and when they ended the relationship he raped them.
The man known as Melbourne's 'Tinder rapist' was on Friday sentenced to more than 14 years behind bars for attacks on four women he met on the popular dating app.
The 44-year-old from Moonee Ponds admitted raping three women and indecently assaulting a fourth woman, all of whom he'd been in brief intimate relationships with, between 2014 and 2016.
The effects of the attacks have been deeply traumatic, County Court Judge Paul Higham said in ordering Hartland to spend at least 11 years in prison before being eligible for release on parole.
"It has reduced strong, confident and empowered women to fearful and uncertain shells of their former selves," he said.
One of the women applauded as the sentence was read out, revealing later it was double what she had expected.
In a joint statement, three of the women described the legal process as confusing and confronting, asking the community to rally around anyone who has experienced gendered violence.
"We want to acknowledge how difficult it can be for women to stand up to their abusers, and we want all women to know how healing it is to be able to tell their story and to have their voices heard," they wrote.
They also paid tribute to the fourth victim, who took her own life in February.
Judge Higham acknowledged her death on Friday, but noted that in court Hartland would not be held responsible for her tragic decision.
Hartland raped all three women in their own homes in Melbourne's east.
"Rape is a most serious offence. It is a crime of invasive violence. It uses the physical expression of intimacy to exert power, control and dominance," the judge told Hartland.
A psychologist's report found Hartland's rapes were a "means of overcompensating for his intense feelings of inadequacy".
The fourth woman was indecently assaulted at a St Kilda hotel where Hartland pinned her against a toilet cubicle door and ripped her underwear from under her jeans.
Hartland took the underwear into the hotel and waved them under his friend's nose.
"You brandished them as a trophy. Your sole intent was to inflict further humiliation and indignation upon your victim," Judge Higham said.
Hartland also confessed to harassing a woman online in early 2016 and distributing intimate images of one of his victims in May 2016.
Sending the unsolicited images meant the woman was "demeaned for the benefit of men", the judge said.
Hartland had expressed no remorse and was a high risk of sexual re-offending, he noted.
The women all met Hartland on Tinder and fell into his orbit and hostage to his dysfunctional personality.
"Such an online world provides a fertile landscape in which predators can roam," Judge Higham said.
"Their only purpose was to serve your self-aggrandising and manipulative emotional and sexual needs."
The judge found Hartland was a serious "sexual safety" risk to the community and ordered he be placed on the sex offender register for life.