YouTube Star Austin Jones Arrested On Child Pornography Charges

YouTube star Austin Jones was arrested on two counts of production of child pornography on Monday, June 12, 2017, the Chicago Sun-Times has confirmed. 

According to the report, Jones, 24, received dozens of sexually explicit videos from two underaged female fans in August 2016 and May 2017, respectively, after Jones pressed them on Facebook. He was booked at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Ill.

If convicted, Jones—who was arraigned in court on Tuesday, June 13—could face at least 15 years in prison. He "admitted requesting and receiving videos from the victims, and he admitted it was for sexual pleasure" after his arrest, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Jones became a rising star on YouTube thanks to his covers of famous pop songs. He currently has over 500,000 subscribers.