A Massachusetts man was arrested last month for posing as Justin Bieber and forcing a young fan into sending him nude photos and videos.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a press release on Tuesday that Bryan Asrary (pictured above, left) was arrested at his Revere, MA home on December 18 — two years after his initial contact with the girl.
An investigation was launched last November from the LASD Human Trafficking Bureau after detectives learned that the unidentified victim was being extorted into sending nude pictures over the internet.
When the girl was just 9 years old, she received a direct message on Instagram from Asrary, who told her that he knew the pop star and would set up a text meeting on Kik, a social messaging app.
After the young fan messaged Asrary, thinking he was Bieber, he demanded “nude photos of the victim and threatened harm if she didn’t cooperate.”
The girl sent the pictures and videos and kept the encounter a secret for two years — but in 2016, Asrary contacted the girl again and threatened to post the photos online if she didn’t send more.
This time, the victim told her mother, who contacted the police after hearing the entire harrowing story.
After launching an investigation, the L.A. detectives identified the ‘sextortion’ suspect and traveled to his hometown with a search warrant.
According to the press release, the online predator — who has no connection to Bieber — confessed to forcing the girl into sending nudes and “also implicated himself in similar crimes against other young girls throughout the county.”
Asrary was arrested by Massachusetts State Police for possession of child pornography and faces multiple charges in California, including extortion, manufacturing child pornography and communicating with a minor with the intent to commit a sex act.
He faces several years in prison if convicted. Unfortunately, this sick man is just one of the many predators duping internet users — stay safe online!