R. Kelly Arrested for Federal Child Porn and Sex Crimes

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On Thursday night, R&B singer R. Kelly was arrested in Chicago on charges involving federal sex crimes in two states.

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These charges stem from two indictments, one in Illinois and one in New York.

The Grammy award-winning singer was out walking his dog when authorities took him into custody. Chicago police assisted a joint task force comprised of NYPD and homeland security agents in performing the arrest.

Previously Existing Charges

Kelly was already under indictment in Chicago, and in June plead not guilty to 11 sexual assault and abuse-related felonies. The State’s Attorney’s Office in Cook County, Illinois charged him with 5 counts of aggravated sexual abuse, 4 of aggravated sexual assault, and 2 of sexual assault.

Documents pertaining to the case describe incidents that occurred between 2009 and 2010. In one instance, Kelly allegedly used “force or threat of force” to have intercourse and oral sex with a minor.

He was also previously arrested in February on another 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse.

New Indictments

On Thursday, even more charges were brought to light. The new, 13-count indictment included child pornography charges, enticement of a minor, and also obstruction of justice.

Federal prosecutors in New York are also expected to produce a separate five-count indictment with additional charges.

He is scheduled to be arraigned in federal court in Chicago today, though he’ll reportedly be extradited to New York.

Should Kelly be convicted, he could face decades behind bars. Perhaps that will give him plenty of time to find some online classes on how to curb his deplorable behavior. That is, if he’s truly capable of change.

History of Sexual Abuse Allegations

The singer has been the subject of countless sexual misconduct allegations for decades. In 2008, he was acquitted of 14 counts of child pornography charges. These stemmed from the infamous 27-minute sex tape which also involved urinating on minor. The victim, however, refused to testify against Kelly.

A 6-part documentary, Surviving R. Kelly was released on Lifetime in January, bringing his behavior back into the public eye. The series involved intimate interviews with women who described his abusive behavior.

Though he’d seemed untouchable for years, the documentary induced public outrage and Kelly was dropped from his record label. It also prompted federal authorities and law enforcement officials in several states to investigate.

Kelly has vehemently denied all claims against him and has instead tried to play the victim of an alleged smear campaign.

It seems he still believes he can fly, but we’re not so sure about that.