YouTube Star Austin Jones Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

Jones previously came under fire on social media in 2015 after another YouTube star called him out for asking his fans to send him "twerking" videos.

Austin Jones, a popular YouTube star who performed on Warped Tour a few years ago and has almost 550,000 subscribers, was arrested and charged with child pornography in a federal court in Chicago.

According to reporter Jason Meisner of the Chicago Tribune, authorities said Jones had "sex videos from underage fans sent to him".

Austin Jones of Bloomingdale appeared in U.S. District Court in Chicago wearing orange jail clothes and ankle chains.

Prosecutors say each count carries a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison.

The criminal complaint describes Jones as requesting one girl to "prove" she was his "biggest fan" by sending the internet singer sexually explicit videos.

Efforts to reach Jones directly for comment on Tuesday were not successful.

The fans were around 14 years old.

The girl also told Jones she was uncomfortable with the idea of "showing you everything", but said "maybe I should get a thong tomorrow", before adding "my moms [sic] a little overprotective", the complaint states.

In 2015, Jones issued an apology and admitted he was seeking professional help in therapy after he allegedly lied about his age while soliciting videos of underage girls twerking.

When the girl asks why, Jones allegedly responded "I'M 23!" Sometimes I'd make videos of myself doing some twerk moves in return. Here's the truth: I NEVER asked them to do anything more than send atwerkingvideo. A bond hearing was set for Wednesday and prosecutors said they'll oppose his release. "Nothing ever went further".

  • Zachary Reyes