He's back in the news today -- but not for good reasons. Ryan was arrested on September 18th and charged with "two felony charges related to theft and stolen property", as well as misdemeanor charges of theft of services. He was arrested and charged in Centre County, PA, and remains in jail at the moment.
I'm assuming that it's connected to ongoing reports of Buell organizing tours and speaking engagements, only to cancel at the last minute and then not refund many who purchased tickets or other services.
There is a lot of discussion on his fan Facebook page about this arrest and the surrounding scuttlebutt. His PRS Bureau supporters posted a response about his arrest:
Meanwhile, Buell's mother has been posting on his public Facebook page a plea to Buell's fans:
In a nutshell, Buell's mother told her fans to stop enabling him by buying tickets to events, buying merchandise, paying to see him on Twitch, etc.
I will post more as I learn more.
Updated on 10/02/16: Ryan Buell posted an official statement on his Facebook fan page via one of his supporters earlier today:
Dear Friends,Updated on 10/19/16: Ryan Buell's public Facebook page announced that he is now out of jail, presumably while awaiting trial:
I know there is a lot of speculation concerning my well-being as well as my state of affairs. For the time being, I will not comment or go into specifics, nor will my representatives, staff, family or friends; nor will we respond to any rumors.
However, I will say that I am safe and I am taking some time to heal and handle some urgent matters. My family and I appreciate your understanding and for respecting our privacy.
I've been told that I have received an outpouring of letters from supporters, old clients and friends. My mother has personally received numerous messages and she has read some of them to me. I have been moved to tears on more than one occasion. Many have stated they wish to see me return to doing what I have done for so many years – helping people. Many of you have shared your stories with my mom, recounting how PRS personally helped you. These stories impacted me the most. Right now, positive support is welcome. It's been great to hear from old friends and colleagues.
I hope to return to work soon, but first I need to take care of myself. Members of PRS will resume catching up with Twitch raffles, and other pertinent issues. Please be patient with them and show your support. I can assure you they are doing their best.
If you would like to write to me please feel free to e-mail me at email@example.com. My staff and family will make sure I get it. Some have asked about sending gifts, cards, etc... I feel now is an inappropriate time for it, but if you feel compelled to send something, please e-mail us first, or wait until some of this storm has come to pass. I also encourage supporters to write to the PRS general mailbox, by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be focusing on sending out personal thank you notes to those who have shown support in these times. I am very grateful.
I would like to thank everyone for your continued support & concern. I also know I have some wrongs I need to right, and once I am well, I look forward to doing just that.
Thank you, all of you. God bless - and Further without Fear!
Ryan was released yesterday. He will speak to you all soon, after he is reunited with his family and friends.Various commenters are curious why he was let out of jail so soon. Others wish he was still in jail so that he could receive treatment. Others think that he needs at least 60 days of intense substance abuse treatment. And many more are still upset because he stole their money.
I don't know the answers to any of those thoughts, but... 1. He probably bonded out while awaiting trial. 2. There aren't many SA treatment options in your average jail. Prison, sometimes. But jail is usually just a holding place for people while they wait for trial. And 3. It's pretty rare that insurance will pay for more than 30 days of treatment. And I doubt that Ryan has the resources to pay for long-term residential treatment.