YouTuber Arrested For Alleged “Production Of Child Pornography"

14 September 2016, 10:51 | Updated: 6 November 2017, 09:37

We the Unicorns

By Charleyy Hodson

This is truly shocking news.

It's not very often that news comes to light about YouTubers behaving in an illegal or downright disgusting way. But after evidence was discovered that popular YouTube gamer Starlit 'Jinbop' Zhao was arrested last month for suspected "production of child pornography", we're all absolutely shocked. He's currently being held in custody before his trial at a later date.

The news was broken by Scarce earlier this month, when he discovered what he called "all the evidence that we need" to be "extremely confident in our information" that Zhao had been arrested for various sexual crimes against a minor. After discovering his real name and cross referencing them with "free-to-access" Court records of the case, Scarce claims he was able to make the connection that Zhao had committed the following crimes:

  • the "receipt of child pornography"
  • the "production of child pornography"
  • the "online enticement of a minor"
  • and travelling "with intent to engage in illicit sexual activity" with a minor

You can see Scarce's video below:

Within Scarce's video, he shows multiple screenshots of the Court document listing the many perverted ways Zhao supposedly "groomed" a "14 to 15 year old" fan to make her "participate in the production of child pornography and... direct sexual activity with the defendant". In fact, investigators were allegedly able to gather "audio and video recordings" of Zhao ordering his fan to strip, asking her to share a video of her genitals  over Skype and asking if she was a virgin - all after previously acknowledging that she was only 14-years-old at the time.

An FBI representative told Kotaku that Zhao was arrested at the Detroit Metro airport on his way to meet the fan who was nine years his junior. Their online relationship reportedly began earlier on this year when her parents noticed she was buying lingerie "she would not typically wear" and wore a locket around her neck with his face in it. It was the victims parents who found the "audio and video recordings". No more information is available at this time because of "the legal ramifications", according to Scarce on his Twitter.

Let us know in the comments below if you have any thoughts on this story and Zhao's "production of child pornography". Remember to be safe online, and always know the laws protecting your safety. More information about the issues discussed in this story can be found on the NSPCC website here.