Australian police have appealed to young Justin Bieber fans to exercise “extra vigilance” online after hundreds of additional charges were brought against a man accused of posing as the Canadian superstar in order to commit child sex offences.

Authorities in Queensland have brought a total of 931 child sex offences against 42 year old Gordon Douglas Chalmers, after detectives allegedly came across an additional cache of new evidence on his computer dating back more than a decade, after an investigation by child protection task force Argos.

Justin BieberThe real Justin Bieber in January 2017

Using platforms such as Skype, Facebook and other social media outlets, he allegedly communicated with his victims from overseas, and convinced them to send explicit images of themselves.

Chalmers, a law lecturer at the University of Technology in Brisbane, was charged on Thursday (March 9th) of numerous incidences of rape, indecent treatment of children, using a carriage service to procure a child under 16 and making child exploitation material. He is due to appear in Brisbane magistrates court on April 6th.

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Argos’ investigation officer Jon Rouse said that charges demonstrated “both the vulnerability of children that are utilising social media and communication applications and the global reach and skill that child sex offenders have to groom and seduce victims”, describing the range of offences committed in the case as “frankly horrendous”.

“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,” Rouse said.

“I want to recognise the efforts and commitment of the investigative team at task force Argos to keeping children safe.”

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