YouTube Star Austin Jones Arrested On Child Porn Counts

Austin Jones, the 24-year-old musician and YouTube star, was arrested Monday and is facing two counts of production of child pornography. A criminal complaint alleges the singer asked two 14-year-old fans to send him videos; in some of those videos, the girls exposed their genitals.

An affidavit filed with the complaint against Jones says that two girls sent explicit videos to Jones at his request. Both girls were 14 years old, and Jones requested that they refer to their ages in videos where they exposed their genitals, the document says.

The affidavit describes Jones pressuring both girls into sending him videos to his specifications: “Victim B stated that she was JONES’s biggest fan. JONES repeatedly told her that she was ‘so lucky’ to have his attention and that she needed to ‘prove’ that she was his biggest fan. JONES stated that he wanted to ‘spank’ Victim B, and told her to ‘[t]hink about how amazing that would be for you!! To have your favorite singer spanking your ass!’ He then said, ‘If you’re lucky, maybe I’d let you suck my dick.’”

CBS Chicago has the full document here.

In 2015, a change.org petition circulated calling for Jones to be removed from the Warped Tour for soliciting twerking videos, alleging that he would ask young fans to send him inappropriate videos after chatting with them online, although BuzzFeed News could not find reports of Jones soliciting nude videos. Alternative Press reported that he later apologized on Facebook for having “communicated with my fans in a way that I have come to fully realize was not appropriate. … Here’s the truth: I NEVER asked them to do anything more than send a twerking video. Nothing EVER went beyond that.”

Jones could face 15 years in prison.

UPDATE: This post has been updated with more information from court documents.

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