Austin Jones the YouTube superstar is facing charges of producing the child pornography on two counts. The 24-year-old star is accused of engaging two of his young female followers aged about 14 years to send him their sexually provocative photos and videos. Jones was arrested in Chicago on June 13 and he admitted in the court that he is fully aware of the charges.
Jones has more than half a million followers on YouTube and some of his videos have attracted more than a million views. He has featured in several hits including My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy, Bring Me The Horizon among others and he also shares videos of his own songs on YouTube.
Most of his fans on YouTube are teenagers and most probably school-going children. According to one complainant, Jones allegedly told her to send an explicit video that proves that she is really his ‘biggest fan’. The victim told the court in Chicago. Jones is famous and present in almost all social media platforms. He has more than 228,000 followers on Twitter alone and has toured many parts of the world.
According to the latest BBC reports, Jones admitted to the US homeland security that through his Facebook account, he usually hold sexually stimulating conversations with teenage girls aged 16 and below. Jones faces a charge that could be a maximum sentence of between 15 years and 30 years imprisonment. He awaits a bond on Wednesday this week but the prosecutors have vowed to oppose his release on bond.
In the incidences that occurred between August 2016 and May 2017, Jones is allegedly accused of guiding young girls to carry out sexual scenes, and even recommending them on what to wear, talk, and record the sexually explicit videos.
At some point, the naïve victims expressed reservations on what they were getting into, but Jones assured them of safety and urged them to go ahead. All the conversations and detailed information between Jones and his victims have been recorded and would be used as evidence in the case.