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Blue Ash man pleads not guilty in Internet harassing case

Bryan Harris (Provided by the Butler County jail) Bryan Harris (Provided by the Butler County jail)
A conversation with one of Harris' victim (Photo provided) A conversation with one of Harris' victim (Photo provided)

The 27-year-old Blue Ash man accused of using Facebook to repeatedly harass several juveniles and women for nude photos pleaded not guilty to the two counts of coercion and enticement in Federal Court Wednesday. 

Bryan Harris' detention hearing was waived will remain in federal custody at the Butler County Jail.  If convicted he could be looking at 20 years in prison. He’s been in a Butler County jail since February.  

On Tuesday, the FBI has set up a hotline number wondering if there are any more victims of Harris.

The FBI alleges he “used the Internet and social media to coerce more than 15 minor females, ordering them to send him sexually explicit photographs and meeting with some in person to engage in sexual activity.”

[Related: FBI: Blue Ash man harassed teens for nude pics]

One of his victims, although not a minor at the time but a 19-year-old college student said she was disgusted by the pictures Harris allegedly sent to her. Julia Kauffmann said he got a hold of her phone number from Facebook and called her on several occasions. The phone calls, texts and Facebook messages went on for about two months she said.

“At first he was asking me out on dates,” Kauffmann said. “He started to get angry and leave me really rude voice mails,” she continued. We asked her if we could listen to some of the recordings, but she said she no longer had the phone. He did send her two or three pictures of himself nude and wanted her to send some back in return she explained to me. After that, she blocked him and eventually she said the messages stopped.

The FBI indictment reads that Harris used several different profiles to get around being blocked and to continue to harass his victims. Names such as B-RYAN ITALIANS, BRYAN BLUE, BRYAN DELFAVRO, BRYAN SCOTT, and B-ryan Scott. The last one is what he used to contact Kauffmann. She had him blocked until the news came out. She said she unblocked to see if it was indeed the man who harassed her.

“I was just happy he was caught,”  Kauffmann said. “I knew he was going to get caught sooner or later,” she continued.

The FBI released a statement which reads in part, “Any individuals who believe they may also be a victim in this case are encouraged to call the FBI victim information line at 513-979-8882, where they will be connected with a member of the FBI Cincinnati Child Exploitation Task Force.”

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