Gordon Chalmers, a lecturer at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia has been arrested for allegedly posing as Justin Bieber while asking children to send him explicit pictures of themselves.
The 42-year-old has been charged with 931 sexual offenses including rape and the possession of indecent images of children.
He was accused of using Facebook and Skype to impersonate Justin Bieber, who is currently in Australia performing on his Purpose World Tour.
Police have, however, not yet revealed how many children the man posing as Justin Bieber prowled on or what countries they reside. Justin Bieber has a huge fan base known as the Beliebers, making it easy for Gordon to take advantage.
Gordon Chalmers has not yet entered a plea and it is not clear how long he will spend in prison if he is eventually convicted.
Police have warned young fans and their parents to be extra vigilant when using the internet. Detective Inspector Jon Rouse said:
”The allegations highlight the need for a serious rethink about the way that we as a society educate our children about online safety”.
”This investigation demonstrates both the vulnerability of children that are utilizing social media and communication applications and the global reach and skill that child sex offenders have to groom and seduce victims.”
In a not so surprising twist to the story, Mr. Chalmers was previously arrested in November last year for a string of child sex offenses following a tip-off from German and US authorities. Queensland police raided his home.
As a result of the previous arrest, he was charged with 931 child sex offenses, including indecent treatment of children, making child exploitation material, using a carriage service to procure persons under 16, and using a carriage service for child pornography material.
This should serve as a note of warning to all parents whose children have access to the internet. It is very important to pay attention to your children and know what they are up to especially on the internet.