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Bail altered for fake model agency sex case accused

By Nevin Farrell

A man accused of using a fake modelling agency in order to persuade women to undress and perform sexual acts has had his bail varied to allow him to live with his grandfather in Co Tyrone.

Ryan Eastwood (23), whose address was given as Grasmere Mews in Coleraine, made a brief appearance at Coleraine Magistrates Court yesterday. A prosecutor said a full file in the case is not expected to be with them until the end of next month and she asked for the case to be adjourned until June.

The accused, who is on continuing bail, had his terms varied by Deputy District Judge Sean O'Hare.

A defence solicitor said Eastwood will now live with his grandfather. The court heard the address is at Creevangar Road, which is in the Clanabogan area, near Omagh.

As part of his bail he is not allowed to access the internet.

Earlier this month a police officer told Limavady Magistrates Court the accused allegedly set up a Facebook account to contact 16 victims and "interview" them on Skype.

An alleged target ended up naked and carrying out a sex act, the detective claimed.

It was further alleged that at least one other woman engaged in a similar action.

The detective constable said: "The females have been left very traumatised, leaving some of them seeking medical help and counselling."

The alleged offences occurred this year and last.

The accused, a restaurant worker, was allegedly linked in court to an account on Facebook, listed as recruiting models, the court heard.

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