How Feds Say YouTube Star Austin Jones Got Underage Fans to Make Child Porn

How Feds Say YouTube Star Austin Jones Got Underage Fans to Make Child Porn

A few years into his YouTube singing career, before his popularity peaked, some of Austin Jones’s young fans began to accuse him of strange things.

Teen girls would message him on Facebook or Twitter, hoping for a brush with a minor mop-headed star, and be thrilled when Jones wrote back. But then — some girls alleged — the 20-something singer would ask them to dance for him.

Jones admitted to some of the accusations in 2015. “I shouldn’t have done it,” he said in an apology video. But: “Nothing ever went further than twerking videos. There were never any nudes.”

His career got past that scandal, and his fan base grew exponentially. He amassed half a million YouTube subscribers and had just flown home from an international tour on Monday when federal agents arrested him in Chicago and accused him of manipulating two 14-year-old girls into making videos for him — not twerking this time but pornography.

A federal affidavit describes online conversations remarkably similar to those described by his accusers in 2015: Jones chatted up young fans on social media, a Homeland Security investigator wrote, then took them into private chats where he essentially directed his own porn videos.

The first victim met him on Facebook in August — a few weeks after Jones released a video of himself singing “Welcome to the Black Parade” a cappella, seen by more than 5 million people.

“Wait … you’re 14?” Jones wrote to the girl, according to the affidavit.

“Yea I’m a youngster”

Do you realize how lucky you are?!?! I seriously shouldn’t even be talking to you …”

Jones was 23 at the time. The girl told him she was his biggest fan, according to the complaint.

The star allegedly asked her to “prove it” with a video. He told her to smile at the camera, the investigator wrote — to bounce around, and say repeatedly: “I’m only 14.”

She would send short videos when she was done, then start on another. As the shoot progressed, the complaint states, Jones enticed the girl to remove more and more clothing.

When it was over, according to the complaint, the girl had made 25 videos, in several of which she was nude from the waist down.

“How special do you feel!?!” Jones allegedly wrote.

 

 

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/true-crime/wp/2017/06/14/how-feds-say-a-youtube-star-got-young-fans-to-make-child-porn/?utm_term=.eaaff4416efe

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