January 2022

Trimdon sex ‘predator’ considered a danger to young females

A “predatory” sex offender lured an underage girl into his home before raping her, a court was told.

Robert Anthony Ryan, who was on bail for sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl at the time, met the rape victim at a bus stop before using a pretext of seeking her assistance to persuade her to go with him to his nearby home.

Durham Crown Court heard that once inside the attack took place, despite the girl’s protests and telling him how old she was.

Robin Patton, prosecuting, said following the attack, Ryan told the shaken girl not to say anything about it, and escorted her back to the bus stop, where she was physically sick.