A Chicago-area musician with a large following of teenage girls, who once publicly apologized for asking underage fans to “twerk” for him on social media, “enticed” two minors to film themselves in sexually compromising videos, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court Tuesday.
Internet celebrity Austin Jones, 24, of Bloomingdale, was charged with producing child pornography. He was arrested at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago on Monday, the U.S. Attorney’s office said.
Jones chatted with one victim in August 2016 and with the other victim last month on Facebook and via iMessages, according to the complaint filed in Chicago.
The victim from August stated in a Facebook chat with Jones that she was his biggest fan; Jones repeatedly told her she was “lucky” to have his attention, and that she needed to “prove” that she was his biggest fan by producing the sexually explicit videos and sending them to him, according to the complaint.
Jones also said in numerous text conversations that he knew the girls were underage and encouraged them to make sexual videos for him which included them dancing partially naked—and admitted as much to Homeland Security Investigators who arrested him, the complaint states.
“Jones is an Internet personality who has accumulated hundreds of thousands of followers on various social media platforms and some level of celebrity by posting music videos online in which he performs covers of other artists’ songs,” the complaint says. “Jones’ YouTube page has dozens of videos in which he performs other artists’ songs, as well as some of his own original music. His videos have been viewed on the Internet millions of times.”
The complaint says that, based on a review of Jones’ social media accounts, the majority of his fans “appear” to be girls.
The two victims in the complaint are identified as Victim A and Victim B.
In a Facebook chat included in the complaint, Victim A asks Jones for reassurance that he won’t post a video she plans to send him anywhere, according to the complaint.
“Right. I delete them after I score them,” Jones responds, the complaint alleges.
After the girl sent Jones the video, the complaint says, he sent her more specific instructions, such as…