Austin Jones, an internet pop celebrity, has been charged for allegedly persuading and coercing two of his numerous female fans to send him their nude pictures and sexually explicit videos.
He was charged in a federal court in Chicago on Tuesday.
Image: Austin Jones
The 24-year-old is facing two counts of production of child pornography, and for each count, he will spend a minimum of 15 years behind bars — if convicted.
Media reports confirm the Bloomingdale native had his criminal complaint unsealed in court last Tuesday.
His recorded online chats with two of the victims, two 14-year-old girls, showed that Jones did request for X-rated videos from them.
He also demanded that they take pictures of themselves performing girl-to-girl sexual acts — a request which the girls carried out to its letters.
The court documents made reference to a girl who was identified as “Victim A”. She was repeatedly commanded by Jones to showcase her skills in sexually suggestive dance moves.
“…Make it clap super loud and talk about your age the whole time,” the document quotes him as saying.
The other girl who was identified as “Victim B” also had a Facebook chat with the alleged predator who bragged that she was “so lucky” to have his attention. Then he asked that she “prove herself” as his biggest fan. At that point, the YouTube star asked her to appear in her birthday suit.
He told her, “I’m just trying to help you!”
Then he continued the persuasion by adding, “I know you’re trying your hardest to prove you’re my biggest fan. And I don’t want to have to find someone else.”
Although the underage girls initially resisted his overbearing influence, they finally gave in to his demands. Both girls performed and recorded some sexually-charged dances.
While the online teenage love affair continued, Victim A confided in Jones that her mom was sniffing around and being somewhat “overprotective”. The girl asked to opt out.
Meanwhile, Jones had asked Victim B if she knew how to do one popular-but-repulsive dance move, but she replied, “Okay lol and no.”
However, he denied doing anything more than asking for pictures and videos.
“I never asked them to do anything more than send a twerking video,” he claimed, according to a report from the Chicago Sun-Times.
Image: Austin Jones
The internet star was taken into custody on Monday evening after he landed at O’Hare International Airport, prosecutors said.
He was led into U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Mason’s courtroom on Tuesday dressed in an orange jail jumpsuit with a remorseful look on his face.
Jones was unable to face the prosecutors in court as he stared on the floor throughout the legal proceedings. He was denied bail until Wednesday’s hearing.
With over 500,000 YouTube subscribers and videos with more then a million views, Jones’ recent arrest will either increase his popularity or bring an end to what could have been an amazing career.
His destructive addiction almost led to suicide after he received death threats for getting involved in child porn.
Jones described himself as an “insecure person” way back in June 2016 when he posted a 16-minute apologetic video, saying her involvement with the underage girls were not sexually offensive.
“I shouldn’t have asked you to do that … it was foolish of me,” he said, “but there were never any nudes, never any physical contact. It never happened.”