READ: Singer Austin Jones Arrested on Federal Child Porn Charges

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Just before boarding a flight at O’Hare Airport on June 13, Australian pop singer Austin Jones was arrested by federal agents on suspicion of producing child pornography.

Jones, who rose to fame primarily through the use of social media, was charged with two counts of production of child pornography after he allegedly used the platforms to coerce underage fans to send him sexually explicit videos. The 24-year old is expected to have his first hearing in federal court June 14 in Chicago.

If convicted of the charges, Jones faces a minimum of 15 years in a federal penitentiary.

The feds accuse Jones of using Facebook and iMessage to ask two teenage fans to “prove” they were his biggest fans by sending him the explicit videos.

On one occasion, a fan said that Jones pressured her to reply with an explicit video to “prove” that she was his biggest fan despite her telling him that she’s 14-years old.

Jones has hundreds of thousands of followers on his social media accounts and often covered other artists’ songs on YouTube. His primary fan base is teenage girls.

According to court documents obtained by the Chicago Sun Times, one 14-year-old victim was instructed to act out Jones’ wishes on video while proudly exclaiming her age. She allegedly was pressured to send him 15 videos via social media.

Another victim was pressured into performing sexually explicit acts on video in August 2016. When the girl said that she “didn’t want to get in trouble over it,” Jones allegedly said “I guess you really aren’t my biggest fan…OK then,” before threatening to leave the chat. That victim allegedly sent Jones about 25 videos via Facebook.

In an interview with prosecutors, Jones admitted that he was in contact with girls that he knew were minors on social media and often used Facebook to “have sexually explicit chats with the girls.” On more than one occasion, Jones allegedly told them what to wear and directed them to record videos of them dancing and performing sexual acts, referring to the videos as “auditions.”

Read the full federal criminal complaint in the document below, obtained by the Chicago Sun Times.

Warning: The document is extremely disturbing and graphic.


Austin Jones Child Porn Complaint WARNING: Disturbing content by Steve Warmbir on Scribd


Jones was caught by the feds after they requested subscriber information from his internet service provider, Facebook and Apple. They received the chat logs and had enough evidence to assume probable cause and got a search warrant signed by a judge to search Jones’ home in Bloomingdale, Illinois.

Three days later, Jones was stopped at O’Hare by Customs and Border Patrol and he consented to a search of his cell phone and was transported to federal officers to conduct an interview.


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