Sex Offender Pretends To Be Justin Bieber To Lure Young Fans Online

He used Facebook and Skype, among other platforms, to get in touch with victims.
by F. Valencia
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Australia's Queensland Police Service (QPS) is asking the fans of Justin Bieber and their parents to "be extra vigilant when using the Internet." It turns out that a 42-year-old man was recently charged with multiple serious offenses after he posed as the singer online and asked young Bieber fans (under 16 years old) to send explicit images of themselves to him.

Task Force Argos—which is the special QPS unit responsible for the investigation of online child exploitation and abuse—seized the man's computer and they found out that his attempts to lure children online could date back to 2007. He used multiple online platforms including Facebook and Skype to communicate with his victims.

The investigators further revealed that "a large amount of child exploitation material" was found in the man's computer. Thus, he was charged with another 931 child sex offenses.

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Detective Inspector Jon Rouse said, "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."

Rouse added, "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."

QPS has not revealed more details of the case. In their statement, they had noted: "There will be no media conference or interviews on this matter for operational reasons."

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