Bryan Asrary, 24, allegedly confessed to the crime, along with similar crimes against girls throughout the country, police said.
Their correspondence began in 2014 when Asrary sent a direct message to the girl on Instagram as if she was interacting with Bieber’s account, police said. He claimed that he knew the pop star and could introduce the pair over the text messaging app Kik.
At this point, Asrary allegedly pretended he was Bieber and asked for naked photos and video of the young girl, saying that she would be hurt if she didn’t comply. She did.
Two years later, in Nov. 2016, Asrary supposedly threatened the girl again, this time saying he would release those naked photos unless she sent more. The girl told her mother what had happened, and she contacted the police.
Asrary—who police say has no connection to Bieber, surprise, surprise—was arrested Dec. 18, 2016 after police tracked down his social media accounts. He is accused of possessing and manufacturing child pornography, extortion, and talking with a minor with the intent of committing a sex act.
[Image: Los Angeles County Sheriff]