Popular YouTube Singer Hit With Child Porn Charges

Jones allegedly requested that one of the victims send him "videos of herself dancing in a sexual manner" and told her to discuss her age, calling it a "try out".

Jones remains in custody and is set to appear in court for a detention hearing on Wednesday, Fitzpatrick says. He faces a minimum of 15 years in prison for each of the charges, according to WGN.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed. His videos have attracted millions of viewers, mostly young teen girls, and have led to his going out on tours. He was arrested Monday at Chicago's O'Hare Airport while returning from a concert in Poland.

The two alleged victims allegedly sent Jones 15 and 25 videos, respectively, authorities said.

A review of his social media activities showed that "his primary fan base appears to be teenage girls", the court documents said, adding that Facebook shut down Jones' page a month ago due to his involvement with minors on the network. The filing said that Victim A told him on multiple occasions she was just 14. When they weren't good enough, the singer allegedly demanded she keep recording more explicit versions through the night - even after the girl complained "I might pass out". He put together a 16-minute-long YouTube video past year where he apologized for those accusations, which revolved around him asking underage fans to send him clips of them twerking.

"To those who have and will continue to support me, please know I never meant to let you down and I am doing everything I can-with the help of my family and friends-to pick myself back up and be a better person".

He has more than half a million subscribers and has covered songs by My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy, Justin Bieber and Rihanna. "Nothing EVER went beyond that".

In a video sent on May 4 by Victim A, the complaint reads, the victim looks into the camera and says "Hey Austin, my name is [Victim A's first name] and my butt is 14 years old".

A petition on Change.org in 2015 called to have the singer removed from Fans Warped Tour 2015.

  • Marlene Weaver