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While apparently stationed in South Korea, US soldier "Ryan" spent 16 months flattering and seducing Belinda Ann Frantzen before he began asking her for favours. 

By then, the mother-of-three from Australia's Gold Coast believed herself to be in a committed relationship with the uniformed man she had met on a dating website in December 2015. Ryan wanted to include her in his future as he prepared to retire, he said. He had served his country for 20 years and was owed millions in pension payouts.

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