YouTube singer Austin Jones arrested on child pornography charges

YouTuber Austin Jones Arrested On Child Pornography Charges
Singer Austin Jones charged with child porn in Chicago

15 June, 2017

The singer was stopped by Customs and Border Patrol and Homeland Security Investigations and arrested Monday at O'Hare Airport after returning from an worldwide tour.

After the girl sent Jones the video, the complaint says, he sent her more specific instructions, such as suggesting she is 14 years old while dancing, directing which ways to position the camera and saying, "We should spice up your outfit!" As the Chicago Tribune reports, Jones now faces 15 years in prison. A bond hearing will be held on Wednesday. Prosecutors have said they are planning on opposing his release from the federal jail where he is incarcerated at in Chicago.

The 24-year-old from Bloomingdale in the USA state of IL has been charged with two counts of production of child pornography.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.

His version of My Chemical Romance's Welcome to the Black Parade has had more than five million views. He was arrested Monday at Chicago's O'Hare Airport while returning from a concert in Poland.

Jones has 547,000 subscribers on YouTube, where he posts videos of his original songs and covers of artists including Justin Bieber, and 226,000 followers on Twitter, many of whom are teenagers.

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At around the same time, another YouTuber named Damon Fizzy tweeted alleging that he'd corresponded with multiple girls who'd had conversations with Jones in which he tried "to force em into doing sexual things".

The documents say his main audience "appears to be teenage girls".

NBC Chicago reported that Austin Jones apologized in 2015 for having asked some of his underage teen fans on social media to "twerk" for him.

The second victim identified as Victim B is 14 years old. Yet, it appears Vans never removed him from the Warped Tour. But, Jones claimed in a vlog at the time, "nothing ever went further than twerking videos".

He also said that he directed the girls on what to do and wear in the videos, and knew their ages - something he even asked they state out loud in the videos.

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