Published Mar 09, 2017Sure, Canadian pop star Justin Bieber is great for a laugh when it comes to pissing his pants or making hideous fashion choices, but his name is now making headlines for far more sinister reasons.
According to the Canadian Press, a 42-year-old Australian man named Gordon Douglas Chalmer, who allegedly posed as Justin Bieber online, has been charged with more than 900 child sex offences. The university law lecturer pretended to be the pop star on Skype and Facebook to solicit explicit images from children.
Back in November, Chalmers was charged with impersonating Bieber, "using a carriage service to procure and groom children for sex and to access child pornography" and possessing child pornography. Warrants from those charges gave Australian authorities access to Chalmers's social media and messaging accounts and cloud servers, and he has now been charged with an additional 931 child sex offences from over the last decade, including rape and making child exploitation material.
"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," Police Detective Inspector Jon Rouse said in a statement.
Australian police are warning fans and parents to be extra cautious with their online communications. Bieber is currently in Australia on the latest leg of his "Purpose World Tour."