YouTuber Austin Jones, known for scene covers, charged with child pornography

15 June, 2017, 02:11 | Author: Warren Cooper
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A popular YouTuber has been arrested on child pornography charges, the Chicago Sun-Times confirmed Tuesday.

Court documents says Austin was allegedly in communication with two underage girls on Facebook and describe how Austin requested one to "prove" she was his "biggest fan" by sending him sexually explicit videos.

Both girls allegedly told Jones how old they were before he asked for the videos, the complaint said.

According to the report, prosecutors have been arguing that Austin "is a risk to the community" and could attempt to flee if he does not remain behind bars.

As for Jones' current predicament, he is facing a pair of felony counts of production of child pornography.

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This is published unedited from the IANS feed. In February, YouTube and Walt Disney Co cut ties with influential Swedish social media star PewDiePie, who boasted some 53 million YouTube followers, after he posted a series of videos deemed anti-Semitic. In an apology video that year, Jones admitted asking for the videos and said he was "embarrassed" by the accusations that he had young fans do the suggestive dance. Jones allegedly told her to delete the messages because she shared a phone with her sister.

He faced claims of impropriety with female fans in 2015 when he asked them to send videos of them twerking, People reported. Over the years, Jones has accumulated more than 500,000 subscribers onYouTubefor hisacapellacovers of pop music.

The 24-year-old admitted that he was in therapy and seeking help for his past actions. According to the New York Daily News, the singer released a video two years ago on YouTube apologizing for asking girls to send videos of themselves "twerking". "Sometimes I would make videos of myself making twerk moves in return".

A Change.org petition from 2015 with 9,096 signatures demanded Jones be removed from Vans Warped Tour after the first allegations surfaced. But: "Nothing ever went further than twerking videos".

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