Justin Bieber has mostly been keeping to himself for the past several weeks.
Actually, according to a new report, he's possibly been railing Kourtney Kardashian again, but the singer hasn't made a big deal about this publicly.
While Bieber has been shunning the spotlight, however, some disgusting moron has been acting like Bieber online.
And we don't mean this guy has been playing the guitar or taking his shirt off a lot on a boat in Florida.
Instead, Bryan Asrary - a 24-year old from Revere, Massachusetts - has been arrested for allegedly having duped a very young woman into thinking he was actually Justin Bieber.
TMZ and NBC News explain that Asrary allegedly came across an nine-year girl back in 2014; she was viewing Bieber’s Instagram page at the time.
Asrary proceeded to send a direct message to the unnamed girl, claiming he knew Bieber and saying that he could arrange a text meeting.
It's unclear how the girl responded to this assertion, but Asrary soon upped his bogus and illegal ante.
He's accused of pretending to be Bieber and demanding that the girl send him nude photos of herself, even threatening to hurt her if she refused to comply.
In response, the victim sent Asrary naked selfies and video.
Late last year, Asrary attempted to extort the same girl in the same fashion.
This time, however, the girl told her mother what was going on. And the mother alerted the authorities.
Sergeant Peter Hahn of the Human Trafficking Bureau says an investigation was launched on November 3 after police learned that the now-11-year-old was being blackmailed over the Internet for sexually explicit images.
"The victim disclosed to detectives that two years prior, 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," Hahn says.
"That user (the suspect) stated that he knew Bieber and offered to arrange a text meeting with the victim."
Hahn detailed how the girl was instructed to set up an account on social media service KIK and how she started “communicating… with someone she believed was actually Justin Bieber.”
After the girl informed her mother of Asrary’s follow-up attempts to receive more naked pictures, detectives obtained warrants for information from "the relevant social media sites," which led investigators to identify Asrary as the supposed culprit.
And it sounds as though Asrary has been conducting this scheme for years, with victims around the country.
Evidence "revealed that the sextortion had been committed from across the nation," according to Hahn, who alleged that Asrary "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."
Massachusetts State Police have arrested Asrary on charges of extortion and child pornography, among other crimes.
Hahn expects “additional victims” to soon be identified and for Asrary to “face multiple charges in California [where the girl lives] to include extortion, manufacturing child pornography and communicating with a minor with the intent to commit a sex act.”
The sergeant has made it clear that Asrary does not know Bieber at all.
He "simply fabricated the relationship to influence his young victims."
What a gross individual.
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