There are fears hundreds of teenage girls may have been in contact with a man who allegedly used a fake social media profile to prey on adolescents.
The 28-year-old man was charged with a number of child exploitation offences on Monday following an ongoing investigation by Queensland Police.
“Police will allege that in 2016 the man established a fake profile, name and images on a social networking site, with the intent of tricking teenage girls in the Bowen and Whitsunday areas,” Qld police said in a statement.
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It’s understood officers were alerted to the man’s antics after the parents of two teenage girls discovered inappropriate and illegal content had allegedly been sent to their children by the fake profile.
The 28-year-old man has since been charged with four offences in relation to two victims 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 tomorrow.
Police are now appealing for anyone who may have had online social media contact with a person / profile by the name of ‘Luke Norbit’ to contact them.
Before the fake account was shut down in early 2018 it had more than 600 friends – most believed to be teenage girls.