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YouTube star Austin Jones arrested on child porn charges

YouTube star Austin Jones arrested on child porn charges

Jones, arrested Monday at O'Hare International Airport, is expected to enter a plea at a later court appearance.

According to court records, Jones contacted two different 14-year-old girls on Facebook and Apple iMessage and encouraged them to send explicit images and videos of themselves.

He was arraigned on Tuesday (June 13), where federal prosecutors argued he's a risk to the community and that there's a danger he'll flee.

YouTube star Austin Jones, known for his acapella music covers, has been arrested on two charges of production of child pornography.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.

His music videos have had 24 million views.

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Jones is accused of pressuring the teenagers to create dozens of photos and videos in which they engaged in sexual acts, according to the criminal complaint.

According to an Alternative Press article in May 2015, Jones was accused of lying about his age so girls would send him videos of them twerking. In 10 of 15 videos sent by Victim A and eight of 25 videos sent by Victim B, the victims were sexually exposed, the document said. When they weren't good enough, the singer allegedly demanded she keep recording more explicit versions through the night - even after the girl complained "I might pass out".

In a Facebook chat with underage Victim B in May 2017, Jones allegedly attempted to have the young girl remove her underwear on camera.

The singer came under fire in 2015 over allegations that he had lied about his age in order to solicit "twerking" videos from underage girls, which lead to a lengthy Facebook apology and an emotional YouTube confessional.

The 24-year-old admitted that he was in therapy and seeking help for his past actions. But: "Nothing ever went further than twerking videos". The petition links to videos shared on Twitter, purportedly of an unwitting Austin, as the singer solicits videos from fans and instructs them how to dance by demonstrating the "twerk" move. Yet, it appears Vans never removed him from the Warped Tour.

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