An unnamed Australian Justin Bieber impersonator is being charged with 932 accusations of child sex offenses, including rape. The 42-year-old used Facebook and Skype to attract and communicate with his victims, according to CNN.
"The breadth of offenses committed in this instance are frankly horrendous," Queensland Detective Inspector Jon Rouse said of the man who pretended to be the uber-famous Canadian pop singer to attract children under the age of 16.
"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 ... 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 continued.
The New York Times adds that the suspect had already faced charges of "possessing material exploiting children" and for using social media to entrap children. Police raided the offender's house after he refused to turn over access to his social media accounts.
Australian police are now warning parents to be more vigilant about the social media usage of children.
This isn't the first time a sex offender posed as Justin Bieber on social media. In January, a 24-year-old Massachusetts man allegedly pretended he was Bieber on Instagram in order to convince a 9-year-old girl to send him naked photos.
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