Date: October 28, 2020
“Blogger, YouTuber and all around “internet troll” Amos Yee allegedly exchanged nude photos and “thousands” of messages with a 14-year-old Texas girl while he was living in Chicago.
The 21-year-old Singaporean national, who appeared at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse Friday for solicitation and possession of child porn charges, gained international fame when he was jailed at 16 in his home country for controversial and obscene online posts he made following the death of the Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew in 2015.
Yee again generated controversy in the U.S. when he began posting to his now-removed YouTube channel advocating for pedophiles, and prosecutors said Yee also ran a pro-pedophile forum on a message board.
In a headline-grabbing post to YouTube last year, Yee addressed rumors of an inappropriate relationship with a young girl, in which Yee “argued that even if he did sexually abuse a 14-year-old, it does not change that there is nothing immoral about pedophilia,” Assistant State’s Attorney James Murphy said.
prosecutors say they obtained messages Yee exchanged between April and July last year that included nude photos he requested and received from the girl and nude photos of himself that he sent to the minor.
The girl repeatedly brought up her age in the messages, prosecutors said. In other messages, Yee instructed the teenager to remove her age from her profile on WhatsApp, the messaging service they used to communicate, prosecutors said.
When their relationship eventually soured and the girl reached out to a group “interested in exposing pedophiles,” Homeland Security officials were notified, prosecutors said.
Yee was taken into custody Thursday at his home, prosecutors said.
Judge John F. Lyke Jr. was unswayed, saying the charges were significantly more than an “online troll” who was “trying to get a rise out of someone.”
Lyke ordered Yee held on $1 million bail and banned from using the internet while he awaits trial.
If convicted, Yee’s asylum status could be terminated.
Yee is expected back in court Nov. 5.”
I don’t want to say “I told you so”…but…I did say some time ago, that his fall was likely soon….and it’s going to be a hard fall.
The girl set out to do this to him from the start, by the way…She’s on record confessing so much.
“Pedophile activism” is no place for mouthy, arrogant, abusive fools…They always go down in flames, fast.