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A man who posed as Justin Bieber online has been charged with 931 child sex offences

Man who posed as Justin Bieber online has been charged with 931 child sex offences - Business Insider

Justin bieberCanadian pop star JustinBieber.Dimitrios Kambouris /Getty

A 42-year-old man who pretended to be Justin Bieber online hasbeen charged with hundreds of incidents of childabuse, The Guardian reports.

The man -- who lives in Australia but has not been named for legalreasons -- was reportedly charged on Thursday with a total of 921child sex offences, including rape, indecent treatment ofchildren, and making child exploitation material.

The Guardian reports that the charges were brought afterdetectives found evidence pointing to illegal activities on hislaptop following what was described as a "thorough examination."



The man allegedly pretended to be the Canadian pop star online sothat he could persuade children around the world to send himexplicit images. It's not clear which sites and platforms heused.



Police in Queensland are reportedly urging fans of Justin Bieber,who is currently on tour in Australia, to be extra vigilantonline.

Inspector Jon Rouse, who works for Queensland Police Service'santi-child exploitation task force, Argos, said the investigationshowed "both the vulnerability of children that are utilisingsocial media and communication applications and the global reachand skill that child sex offenders have to groom and seducevictims."

"The fact that so many children could believe that they werecommunicating with this particular celebrity highlights the needfor a serious rethink about the way that we, as a society,educate our children about online safety."



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