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Man accused of using Facebook to trick teen into sex pleads not guilty to blackmail

A man accused of pretending to be a woman on Facebook to trick a Canberra teen into having sex with him has pleaded not guilty to blackmail. 

Billy Bartolomeus Tamawiwy, 22, is facing 13 charges in the ACT Magistrates Court over his alleged treatment of the young man. 

He is accused of setting up a fake Facebook profile in the name of Tayla Edwards, using pictures of women he found on the internet.

Tamawiwy allegedly sent a friend request to the teenager, who did not know the woman but accepted anyway.

They exchanged messages, and "Tayla Edwards" allegedly told the teenager she was bisexual and wanted to have sex with him.

But the teen was allegedly told the woman would have sex with him only if he had intercourse with another man first.


The alleged victim reluctantly agreed and met Tamawiwy, not knowing he was posing as the woman on Facebook. 

Police say the teen was reluctant, uncomfortable, and asked Tamawiwy to stop throughout.

Tamawiwy, who allegedly enticed the teen using promises of free drinks, cannabis, and sex, is also accused of filming the sex. 

Tamawiwy later allegedly sent two videos to the alleged victim's brother and to other young Canberrans. 

He was arrested in September and is facing charges including sexual intercourse without consent, blackmail, stalking, using a carriage service to harass, and an act of indecency.

He appeared in the ACT Magistrates Court before Magistrate Beth Campbell on Thursday. 

He entered pleas of not guilty to a blackmail charge and two charges of using a carriage service to harass.

He had pleaded not guilty previously to charges of sexual intercourse without consent, stalking, and other carriage service offences. 

Tamawiwy, who is in custody, is due to appear in the ACT Magistrates Court again in December, when it is expected he will be committed to the ACT Supreme Court.