Chicago: Austin Jones, a YouTube music sensation has reportedly been arrested on charges of child pornography. Reports suggest that federal police has accused him of pressurizing an underage girl of sending him explicitly pornographic material. It is alleged that he had asked his fans to send him videos showing they were his biggest fans.
Austin Jones has got a huge fan following on the internet and social media over the last few years. To be true, he is among the very few who have been able to dexterously exploit Youtube to gain fame and wealth.
The pop artist has reportedly been charged in federal court in Chicago with child pornography after allegedly coercing two underage female fans to send him sexually explicit videos. The 24-year old artist from west suburban Bloomingdale, faces two felony counts of production of child pornography. If the charges are proved, he faces years and years behind prison wall.
Austin Jones who has more than half a million subscribers to his YouTube channel has earned him immensely through his original songs and covers of popular teen artists. A criminal complaint unsealed Tuesday alleged Jones had online conversations with two 14-year-old female fans in which he encouraged them to send him sexually explicit videos of themselves, including dozens of images of them performing graphic sexual acts.
Jones has been into music for around a decade now. His cover of the Rihanna single “Stay” (watch above) in 2013 brought him to the attention of YouTube listeners, and he parlayed this exposure into large social media followings– particularly on YouTube and Vine. Despite this initial burst of success, Jones’ squeaky-clean image didn’t last long, as allegations of his soliciting his younger fans for inappropriate videos became to surface. The earliest example of this is an article on the site PupFresh in 2015, which claimed that Jones asked “underage girls to twerk for him.”
He has been accused of soliciting favor from underage fans earlier too. The last time it happened, Jones released a lengthy statement on his Facebook page. He admitted to asking some of his fans to send him twerking videos, but adamantly denied there being anything else. “Nothing EVER went beyond that…I wanted to explain why I’ve been off of social media and have taken a break from my music.
He went on to add, “I’ve been in therapy, seeking help to discover why I communicated with my fans in a way that I have come to fully realize was not appropriate…I’m embarrassed. I’d have conversations online with girls that would involve me asking them to create a video of themselves twerking. Sometimes I’d make videos of myself doing some twerk moves in return”.
If that was not enough, he further said, “What was I thinking? That’s the question I know most of you want to know and, quite frankly, I want to know too. I have decided to take this time to reflect and to discover how to grow from this and become a better person. I owe that to my family, my friends, my fans, but most importantly to me…as people are not made stronger from our successes, but by the journey we take through mistakes and misfortunes back to the top of the mountain…And that is where I intend to be at the end of this. At the top of the mountain with a stronger sense of those who support me, a greater sense of self and a greater connection to my fans”.