24-year-old YouTube star Austin Jones has been arrested in Chicago on child porn charges.
He was charged with two counts of production of child pornography and is facing at least 15-years in prison if convicted.
He allegedly had underage fans send him “sex videos,” according to the Chicago Tribune.
The singer, who has almost 550,000 subscribers on YouTube, defended himself in May 2015 against accusations that he lied about his age to get underage girls to send him videos of them twerking.
“I’m embarrassed. I’d have conversations online with girls that would involve me asking them to create a video of themselves twerking. 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 a twerking video. Nothing EVER went beyond that,” he said in a since-deleted Facebook apology.
“What was I thinking? That’s the question I know most of you want to know and, quite frankly, I want to know too. I have decided to take this time to reflect and to discover how to grow from this and become a better person. I owe that to my family, my friends, my fans, but most importantly to me.
“We as people are not made stronger from our successes, but by the journey we take through mistakes and misfortunes back to the top of the mountain. And that is where I intend to be at the end of this. At the top of the mountain with a stronger sense of those who support me, a greater sense of self and a greater connection to my fans.”
A Change.org petition at the time that requested his removal from the Vans Warped Tour collected more than 9,000 signatures.