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During the course of their communications, Dibble engaged in sexualised conversations with the girl via email, Snapchat and Instagram.
Dibble attempted to groom the girl by asking her about her sexual experiences. Picture: Instagram.Source:Supplied
He encouraged her to take sexualised photos and sent her pictures of bare-breasted women as “inspo”.
As well as conversations about school and her relationship with her parents, Dibble also engaged in discussions with the girl about sex.
During one phone call, he told the girl he was masturbating while thinking about her.
And in another conversation while encouraging her to talk about her sexual experiences, he said words to the effect of: “If I kissed you, rubbed your back and neck, choke you from the back, have sex with you in different ways, would you like that?”
His offending was discovered in mid-2020 when he told the victim that he was going to rent an Airbnb for his photography business and encouraged her to turn up at the house.
He rented the house from July 5-7. However, the girl did not show up.
Marcus Dibble was arrested after his victim’s family reported to police his request to meet at an Airbnb. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Andrew Henshaw.Source:News Corp Australia
Later that month, he asked the girl when she was turning 16 and if she wanted to meet after that.
The following day, the victim told her mother about Dibble’s request to meet at an Airbnb, prompting her family to contact police.
Officers raided his home and found steroids.
They discovered an image of the victim that had been altered so that it was sexually suggestive and with a lewd caption attached.
He pleaded guilty to grooming to engage in sexual conduct, produce child abuse material, possessing child abuse material and distributing child abuse material, as well as possessing anabolic and androgenic steroids.
He was also placed on the sex offender registry.