Authorities say a 17-year-old Justin Bieber superfan from Springfield was recently targeted by a Texas man posing as the pop superstar on the phone, signaling another incident that has prompted officials to warn of the dangers of 21st century technology.
The man is being investigated by law enforcement in Arlington, Texas, for possible charges related to his contact with Carly Tomlinson of Springfield.
The teenager had battled — and beaten — leukemia and has a mental disability. A friend gave her a phone number for someone who “might” be Justin Bieber, according to Clark County Sheriff’s Deputy Robert Wagner.
The girl took it upon herself to text the number. The Texas man on the other end began to engage her in conversation as Bieber. The sheriff’s office and the girl’s mother said the texting became increasingly suggestive and then even asked her if she was “sexually active.”
Tomlinson’s mother intervened.
“When the mother saw the texts she got inquisitive and Googled the phone number, which came back to a guy in Arlington,” Wagner said. “It’s not like when we were growing up … texting and cell phones make it too easy for kids to think something’s going on so parents need to monitor what they’re doing.”
Her mother, Jean Tomlinson, filed a complaint with authorities.
Friday, Wagner said the man won’t be facing any charges in Clark County, but Texas authorities will continue to investigate.
Wagner said authorities know enough about the man, who is in his 40s, to know heis connected to a 1995 incident in which he was accused of “indecency” with a juvenile.