Man 'posing as Justin Bieber' charged with child sex offences

Detectives from Argos had been investigating a man who allegedly posed as Justin online in order to solicit explicit images from young children.

A Queensland man who allegedly posed as pop star Justin Bieber online to lure young victims into sharing explicit material has been charged with almost 1000 child sex offences.

Gordon Douglas Chalmers allegedly used Facebook and Skype to impersonate the pop star and convince fans to send him images.

The crimes involved at least 157 alleged victims, police told the BBC, including 50 from the USA, six from Australia and 101 from other unidentified nations.

Bieber, a 23-year-old Canadian with more than 92 million followers on social network Twitter, ranked among Forbes' most powerful celebrities from 2011 to 2013, is visiting Australia on his Purpose World Tour.

The man was today charged with rape, indecent treatment of children, making child exploitation material, using a carriage service to procure a person under 16, and using a carriage service for child pornography material.

But an examination of his computer led to the filing of an additional 931 charges against the man, who has not been named by police.

Officers have since warned young fans and their parents to be extra vigilant when using the internet. Large amounts of child exploitation material was found on his computer, according to the Queensland news release.

The release also alleges that the perpetrator's crimes date back to as far as 2007.

"The breadth of offences committed in this instance is frankly horrendous", he added.

Police have not said how many children are alleged victims or in what countries they live.

The accused man will be produced in a court in Brisbane on April 6, according to The Guardian.

  • Salvatore Jensen