Youtube singer arrested for soliciting porn from young fans

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YouTube singer Austin Jones, 24, of Bloomingdale, Ill., was arrested Monday at O’Hare International Airport on charges that he allegedly persuaded two young female fans to send him sexually explicit videos of themselves.

Followed by hundreds of thousands of teenagers online, Jones appeared Tuesday in a Chicago federal court clad in orange jail clothes and ankle chains. The singer is now facing two counts of felony production of child pornography, each of which carries a minimum prison sentence of 15-years. He stated that he understood the charges, according to court documents.

Jones makes music videos of his own original music and often covers the work of Justin Bieber and others.

A bond hearing was set for Wednesday, but prosecutors say that they intend to oppose his release. Jones has not yet entered a plea and did not have a lawyer at the time of his first hearing.

It’s been reported that Jones allegedly told one of the teens to prove that she’s his “biggest fan” and asked her to take off her underwear and dance suggestively. He also requested that the girls send him photos of themselves in “graphic sexual acts,” according to the complaint.

Jones was returning from a European tour when he was arrested.

According to news reports, Jones has faced charges of impropriety with female fans in 2015, when he allegedly asked young girls to send him videos of themselves twerking. He apologized in a YouTube video, claiming that there were no nude videos and no physical contact.

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