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YouTube star arrested on child porn charges

IANS  |  Chicago 

YouTube star Austin Jones was arrested at an airport here on child pornography charges.

Arrested on Monday, Jones, who has amassed over 500,000 subscribers for his acapella music covers, has been charged with two counts of production of child pornography, reports aceshowbiz.com.

Jones has been accused of using digital mediums like Facebook and iMessage to solicit sexually explicit videos from teenaged girls, pressuring them to "prove" that they were his biggest fans. His reported victims were around 14 years old.

According to Chicago Sun-Times which was the first to report the news, Jones is currently being held in federal custody. The 24-year-old singer is expected to appear in court for a detention hearing on Wednesday.

He was brought on Tuesday, where federal prosecutors said they would oppose the release of the singer as he is a "risk to the community and there's a danger he'll flee".

If convicted, Jones would face a minimum 15-year prison sentence.

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