Law lecturer who allegedly posed as Justin Bieber to face trial soon

A former Queensland law lecturer accused of impersonating singer Justin Bieber online to procure child pornography will soon have a date set for his trial on more than 200 charges.

Gordon Douglas Chalmers, 47, was arrested in November 2016 and charged with more than 900 child sex offences. His case is now in Brisbane District Court and his charge list has been reduced to 202 offences.

These include 53 counts of using a carriage service to groom a child, 68 counts of using a carriage service to procure a child to engage in sexual activity, and 56 counts of making child exploitation material.

International law enforcement officers tipped off Queensland police, who raided the then-41-year-old’s home in Kenmore, in Brisbane’s south-west, in November 2016.

Chalmers is accused of adopting Bieber’s guise and contacting children via Facebook and Skype. It is alleged the children performed sexual acts for his gratification.

His online activity was detected by federal police in Germany and Homeland Security in the United States.

Chalmers did work as a law lecturer at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, but his staff profile now reads: This person does not currently hold a position at QUT.

The case, which has been ongoing for more than 5½ years, was reviewed in Brisbane District Court on Friday. Chalmers was brought into court from prison and represented himself.

He has subpoenaed the Crime and Corruption Commission regarding case material. He has also taken issue with at least one member of the prosecution team and applied for the case to be put on hold as a result.

The court heard Chalmers refused to engage with the prosecution this week during a case conference that aimed to resolve issues between the parties.

The conference should be held with someone who is not part of the prosecution because that is one of the matters that is subject to one of my applications before the court, Chalmers said.

But Judge Brad Farr cut him off.

I’m not going to get into all of that today, Mr Chalmers . . . this matter is going to be given a trial date very soon.

The case will be heard in Brisbane District Court again on June 10.

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