Brisbane Lecturer To Stand Trial On Child Sex Charges After Allegedly Posing As Justin Bieber Online
Written by Emmy Mack on 8th December, 2017
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A Queensland University lecturer who allegedly posed as Justin Bieber online to solicit kiddie porn from young overseas fans will stand trial on over 900 child sex offences.
Former Queensland University of Technology law professor Gordon Douglas Chalmers was charged in November of 2016, but police piled on hundreds more charges after seizing his computer for examination.
The charges include (but aren’t limited to) rape, indecent treatment of children and making child exploitation material.
Queensland Police’s Task Force Argos had been investigating the 42-year-old, who was allegedly posing as Bieber in order to convince the popstar’s underage fans to send him explicit photos.
Police allege that Chalmers used multiple platforms, including Facebook and Skype, to communicate with potential victims. They also say “a large amount of child exploitation material” has been seized from his computer, dating back to at least 2007.
As the ABC reports, he was committed to stand trial through the Brisbane Magistrates Court registry this week, and remains behind bars ahead of an appearance at the Brisbane District Court at a date TBD.
Definitely too late now to say sorry.
If you need assistance, 1800 RESPECT – the National Sexual Assault, Domestic and Family Violence Counselling Service — can be reached on 1800 737 732, while Lifeline can be reached on 13 11 14.