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Man accused of sexual assault after using fake Facebook account to face trial

Billy Tamawiwy, pictured, was acquitted of sending pornographic material to a young person because Facebook chat could ...
Billy Tamawiwy, pictured, was acquitted of sending pornographic material to a young person because Facebook chat could not be defined as an "electronic means" Photo: Facebook

A Canberra man who allegedly posed as a young woman via a fake Facebook profile to lure and rape another man will face trial in the ACT Supreme Court.

Billy Bartolomeus Tamawiwy, a 22-year-old Indonesian national, is facing charges of sexual intercourse without consent, using a carriage service to transmit child pornography material, harassment, stalking, and committing an act of indecency.

Tamawiwy pleaded guilty to two of the charges using a carriage service to offend in the ACT Supreme Court on Thursday.

But he entered pleas of not guilty to the remaining 10 charges.

The matters will now appear in the higher court for directions next week.

Chief Magistrate Lorraine Walker said the evidence was "capable of satisfying a jury beyond reasonable doubt" and Tamawiwy was remanded in custody.

An earlier charge of blackmail was dropped by the crown after no evidence was offered.

According to court documents, Tamawiwy created an online alias known as Tayla Edwards and contacted an 18-year-old man via the social media site on August 29.

The pair initially talked about general topics, such as school and work, before shifting the conversation to sex.

It is alleged the Edwards account told the teen she was bisexual and would only be interested in him if he would "do things" with another man.

The Edwards account allegedly promised that she and two of her friends would have sex with him if he had sex with a man.

The teen then allegedly met Tamawiwy – whom he recognised as they were Facebook friends – at his Belconnen flat, where the pair had sex.

The defendant allegedly filmed the entire incident.

The teen then allegedly received further messages from social media accounts in the name Tayla Edwards, which included child pornography.

The teen was then sent to a Civic address under the pretense of having sex with Tayla Edwards, but instead he received a message that said the footage would be shared with his family and friends if he did not continue to have sex with Tamawiwy.

The teen realised he had been set up, but did not contact police until his 13-year-old brother received a Facebook message from Tayla Edwards that contained two videos.

He told police he would not have consented to the sex if he had not been promised sex with Tayla Edwards and her friends.  

Police raided Tamawiwy Belconnen flat on Monday and seized electronic equipment that allegedly contained the video, and details of accounts in the name of Tayla Edwards.

Tamawiwy was arrested and allegedly made some admissions in a police interview, including that he created the Tayla Edwards account because he wanted revenge after someone posted nude pictures of him on a webpage.

When Tamawiwy faced court in September, a police informant told the court the defendant studied international relations at the University of Canberra on a scholarship from the Indonesian government.

The informant said Tamawiwy had deleted the account and police had contacted Facebook in order to retrieve its contents.