YouTube Singing Sensation Austin Jones Hit With Child Porn Charges

Austin Jones [Austin Jones / YouTube (screenshot)]

CHICAGO, IL — A 24-year-old YouTube sensation whose music videos have been viewed millions of times was charged in federal court Tuesday with two counts of production of child pornography.

Prosecutors say Austin Jones, a pop singer in Chicago who has nearly 550,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel, persuaded two underage female fans to send him sexually explicit videos.

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The criminal complaint unsealed Tuesday alleges the singer encouraged one 14-year-old fan to send a video of herself — which she called an “audition” — dancing in an explicit manner, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. That victim sent Jones 15 videos, including 10 videos of her exposing herself, according to the complaint.

In an August 2016 Facebook chat Jones allegedly told the second girl, also 14, to “prove” she was his biggest fan. In order to comply with his request, the young fan allegedly sent Jones 25 videos, including eight in which she exposed her genitals.

Jones has been criticized for his behavior with young fans in the past. Two years ago, the singer released a video on YouTube apologizing for asking girls to send videos of themselves “twerking.

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Jones was arrested Monday after landing at O’Hare International Airport. He was detained and taken into custody by Customs and Border Patrol and Homeland Security Investigations, where he allegedly admitted requesting the videos from the victims. If convicted, prosecutors say he faces a mandatory 15-years minimum sentence on each count.

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Main photo: Austin Jones [Austin Jones / YouTube (screenshot)]