The man who posed as Justin Bieber to extort nude photos from young fans has been sentenced to prison for child pornography.
Bryan Asrary faces 44 months in state prison after pleading no contest to two counts of child pornography and two counts of contacting a minor to commit a felony. There is no information on whether he will be charged for impersonating Bieber.
Asrary was arrested in 2017, after being accused of monitoring Bieber’s Instagram page and targeting young girls who would comment on posts. In 2014, Asrary focused on a 9-year-old girl, insisting he had a relationship with Bieber and could arrange a meeting between them. Asrary pretended to be the singer, demanding she send him nude photos, and threatened to hurt her if she didn’t. The child eventually gave in and sent him nude photos and video.
TMZ reported that Asrary allegedly threatened the girl again in 2016, claiming he would publish the images and footage if she didn’t send him more. The girl told her mother about the threats, and her mother then alerted the authorities.
According to TMZ , when the police confronted Asrary, he confessed to extorting the girl and other young fans into sending him nude photos.