A man who allegedly posed as Justin Bieber on social media platforms has been charged by the Australian police.
The 42-year-old man, Gordon Douglas Chalmers, a law lecturer at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, has been charged with more than 900 child sex offences.
The accused allegedly posed as Justin Bieber online to solicit explicit images from children who probably thought they were chatting with their idle.
The alleged sex offences date as far back as a decade, and include rape and making child exploitation material. According to officers in Queensland, the man confessed to using Facebook and Skype to impersonate the star. This was how he was able to lure his victims to his den.
Thus, police on Thursday warned young fans to be careful about what that they do and who they chat with on the internet. The same warning goes to parents who are supposed to keep track of what their kids do on the internet.
Detective Inspector Jon Rouse said;
“This investigation demonstrates both the vulnerability of children who are utilising social media and communication applications and the global reach and skill that child sex offenders have to groom and seduce victims.
“The fact that so many children could believe that they were communicating with a celebrity highlights the need for a serious rethink about the way that we as a society educate our children about online safety.”
Chalmers was held after information was passed from US and German authorities about his activities. He was charged in November with using Facebook and Skype to impersonate the pop star after tip-offs from the authorities.
Furthermore, a police statement says Chalmers was later charged this week with another 931 child sex offences dating back a decade. This includes rape and making child exploitation material.
157 alleged victims around the world, including up to 20 in the UK and 50 in the US were involved in the offences.
So far, Chalmers has not entered pleas.
Bieber, a 23-year-old Canadian pop singer, is currently in Australia on his Purpose World Tour.