By: Tanya Malhotra WorldWideWeirdNews.com
A man impersonated a Canadian singer in order to get nude photos and videos from a 9-year-old girl, according police in California.
Detectives from the LASD Human Trafficking Bureau – SAFE Team began investigating a report of the girl being extorted for sexually explicit images over the Internet.
The victim disclosed to detectives that when she was just 9 years old, she was viewing the Instagram page of superstar Justin Bieber, when she received a direct message from another Instagram user.
That user, 24-year-old Bryan Asrary of Massachusetts, stated that he knew Bieber and offered to arrange a text meeting with the victim.
Excited at the proposition to text with Justin Bieber, the young victim accepted the offer and was directed to set up an account on the social media site, KIK.
The victim then began communicating on KIK with someone she believed was actually Justin Bieber.
A short time later, the suspect, who represented himself to be Bieber, began demanding nude photos of the victim and threatened harm if she didn’t cooperate.
The victim cooperated and sent nude selfies and video as the suspect had demanded. After sending the pictures, the victim deleted the texts between her and the suspect, and kept the incident a secret.
Two years later, the suspect twice contacted the victim and threatened to publish and broadcast the previously obtained photos if the victim didn’t supply additional nude photos and video.
The victim reported the incident to her mother, who contacted the authorities.
Detectives served several search warrants for information from the relevant social media sites, and were able to identify the suspect as Asrary of Revere.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s detectives traveled to Revere, and with the assistance of the State Police, located and arrested Asrary.
During an interview with Asrary, he not only confessed to extorting the victim for sexual images and videos, but also implicated himself in similar crimes against other young girls throughout the country.
Asrary was arrested by the Massachusetts State Police for possession of child pornography, which was discovered on his cellphone and computer.
His bail was set at $20,000.
In addition to the charges in Massachusetts, Asrary will face multiple charges in California, including extortion, manufacturing child pornography, and communicating with a minor with the intent to commit a sex act.
When convicted, the suspect faces a sentence of several years in prison.
Investigators established that the suspect had no actual connection to Justin Bieber, but simply fabricated the relationship to influence his young victims.