Metal singer who raped teenage girl in storm drain targeted victims at concerts
A twisted metal singer raped young girls after meeting them at gigs and “brainwashing” them.
Daniel “Jimmy” Hanson, from Newcastle in Australia, carried out a string of horrifying offences against 14 victims aged between 12 and 22.
The 34-year-old groomed the girls in the country’s Hunter Region between 2005 and 2014.
He asked for his victims’ phone numbers at gigs before sending them sexual photos, the Daily Telegraph reports.
Hanson, former lead singer of Falling for Beloved and We built Atlantis, convinced one 14-year-old girl to skip school before raping her in a storm drain.
She previously told a court in a victim impact statement: “He love bombed me.
“I was brainwashed into thinking this was something special.”
When Hanson was 22, he approached another 12-year-old girl on MySpace pretending to be 18 and using the name Jimmy Beloved.
He told her she “his bestie and she was beautiful”, Newcastle District Court heard.
Hanson later sexually assaulted her and messaged saying: “Good girl. It’s our little secret, don’t tell anyone”.
One of his victims reported the abuse in 2017 and he was arrested two years later.
Judge Hock said the victims committed self harm, attempted suicide, and experienced “feelings of worthlessness” and “panic attacks”.
One told the court: “My scars are a constant reminder of what you put me through.
“Each day is a battle mentally and physically, my first intimate experience was destroyed."
Hanson pleaded guilty to 23 charges of child sex and indecent assault.
He was jailed for 28 years with a non-parole period of 21 years.
Hanson’s barrister Peter Krisenthal said his client was sexually abused as a child aged 11-12.
A letter written by Hanson was read out to the court, reading: “I am ashamed and embarrassed. The way I acted and what I did are totally unforgivable.
“I’m sorry for the pain and humiliation I have caused these women and their families.
“I won’t ask for leniency, I will use every day of my sentence to better myself, I am deeply sorry and hope my sentence can offer closure to my victims, and a chance to rebuild.”
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