YouTuber Austin Jones Issues Video Apology After Being Charged With 2 Counts Of Producing Child Pornography

Well known YouTube star Austin Jones was arrested Monday night on child pornography charges.

The 24-year-old, known for his acapella covers of popular songs with more than 500,000 subscribers on YouTube, was charged with two counts of production of child pornography.

The Illinois native will appear in court on Wednesday and according to the Chicago Sun-Times will remain in federal custody as he is, according to prosecutors, a “risk to the community and there’s a danger he’ll flee.”

Jones has previously been in the headlines after he allegedly lied about his age to solicit “twerking” videos from underage girls in 2015.

If convicted, the YouTuber could face a minimum of 15 years in prison.

Back in 2015, he addressed the earlier controversy by issuing a video apology: “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.”

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“To anyone that I have made feel uncomfortable or awkward, I am deeply sorry for the hurt and shame I may have caused you,” he added. “I’ve been in therapy, seeking help to discover why I communicated with my fans in a way that I have come to fully realize was not appropriate.” Watch:

 

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