Singer with teen following online faces child porn charges

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If convicted, Jones faces a minimum of 15 years in prison, the Chicago Sun Times reports.

Jones allegedly pressured girls to send him sexually explicit videos, knowing that they were only 14 or 15 years old.

The child pornography charges stem from exchanges Jones allegedly had with two teenage fans.

Jones, who is charged with two counts of producing child pornography, was arrested on Monday at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois, and made his first court appearance Tuesday afternoon.

Jones - who has more than 500,000 YouTube subscribers and whose videos have been seen millions of times - previously faced claims that he behaved inappropriately with his female fans.

In the summers of 2016 and 2017, federal officials allege, Jones had two underage girls send him multiple inappropriate videos over social media. He describes himself as an "alternative pop vocalist" and is known for his a cappella covers of songs by Justin Bieber, Twenty One Pilots, and Fall Out Boy.

"I shouldn't have asked you do do that ... it was foolish of me", Jones said. "I'd have conversations online with girls that would involve me asking them to create a video of themselves twerking".

He continued, "What was I thinking?" A bond hearing was set for Wednesday and prosecutors said they'll oppose his release. That's the question I know most of you want to know and, quite frankly, I want to know too.

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