Fake profile used to 'prey' on teen girls in Mackay region
UPDATE 1PM: THE 28-year-old man who allegedly used a fake social media profile to prey on teenage girls tried to get them to send him compromising photos of themselves.
Detective Inspector Brendan Smith said police will allege the man was a "typical groomer" who used the fake profile to lure girls and send him photos.
Det Insp Smith said there was an alleged occasion where the man attempted to use photos sent to him to blackmail the teenager but she informed her parents immediately.
He is due to appear in Bowen Magistrates Court on Tuesday.
A MAN has been arrested for allegedly using a fake social media profile to prey on teenage girls.
Mackay District Police has charged the 28-year-old man with child exploitation offences and will allege he established a fake profile, complete with false name and images, on a social media site in 2016 with the intent of tricking teenage girls in the Bowen and Whitsunday areas.
This fake Facebook account belonged to a man we've charged for child exploitation offences. He allegedly used it to connect with young girls in the Bowen, Mackay & Whitsunday areas. Parents should check if their children recognise the account. https://t.co/2b9GbbS28l pic.twitter.com/hw5u3S3vVf— Queensland Police (@QldPolice) June 4, 2018
Police were contacted by the parents of two teens in late 2017 after they discovered inappropriate and illegal content had allegedly been sent to their children by the fake profile 'Luke Norbit'.
Before the fake social media 'Luke Norbit' account was shut down in early 2018, it had over 600 'friends' - most believed to be teenage girls, police said.
The 28-year-old man has been charged with four offences in relation to two people, including using the internet to procure a child under the age of 16, and indecent treatment of a child under the age of 16. He is due to appear in Bowen Magistrates Court on Tuesday.
Police investigating the alleged offences are appealing for anyone who may have had on-line social media contact with a person / profile by the name of 'Luke Norbit' to contact them if:
- They, or someone they know, personally or indirectly knows this person;
- They, or someone they know, had online contact with this account;
- The person asked for, received, or supplied inappropriate on-line content or images; or
- The person started using threatening language.
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