Austin Jones was arrested Monday night on child pornography charges, E! News can confirm.
The YouTube star, who has amassed more than 500,000 subscribers for his acapella pop music covers, was charged with two counts of production of child pornography.
Jones, 24, will appear in court for a detention hearing on Wednesday. According to the Chicago Sun-Times (who was first to report the news), he will remain in federal custody until then because, according to prosecutors, the pop singer is a “risk to the community and there’s a danger he’ll flee.”
If convicted, Austin faces a minimum of 15 years in prison. According to court documents obtained by E! News, Jones was allegedly in communication with two underage female victims in August 2016 and May 2017 over Facebook. The criminal complaint describes Jones requesting one girl to “prove” she was his “biggest fan” by sending him sexually explicit videos.
The documents claim Jones was stopped by Customs and Border Patrol and Homeland Security Investigations at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. He was then taken into custody, where he gave a recorded interview admitting to the charges.