Gordon Douglas Chalmers allegedly posed as Justin Beiber Online ‘in order to solicit explicit images from young children’
A university lecturer has been charged with more than 900 child sex offences after allegedly posing as pop superstar Justin Bieber.
The 42-year-old Queensland University of Technology law lecturer pretended to be Bieber online ‘in order to solicit explicit images from young children’.
Queensland Police say Gordon Douglas Chalmers was using Facebook and Skype to communicate with his victims.
They seized a large amount of child exploitation material from Chalmers’ computer.
Chalmers was charged with 931 offences on Wednesday, including rape, indecent treatment of children and making child exploitation material, using a carriage service to procure person under 16 and using a carriage service for child pornography material.
His offending is said to have dated back to 2007.
He had also earlier been charged with a number of child sex offences.
‘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,’ Detective Inspector Jon Rouse said.
‘The fact that so many children could believe that they were communicating with this particular celebrity highlights the need for a serious rethink about the way that we as a society educate our children about online safety. The breadth of offences committed in this instance are frankly horrendous and I want to recognize the efforts and commitment of the investigative team at Taskforce Argos to keeping children safe.’
Chalmers will appear before Brisbane Magistrates Court on April 6.
Culled From DailyMail