Local rapper pleads guilty to producing child porn

Eric Durell Chavis, 24

LANCASTER, OH (WCMH) — A Columbus rapper has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to produce child pornography.

Eric Durell Chavis, 24, who goes by the name Thot King, was arrested in August 2015.

According to the federal complaint, investigators first learned about the videos in March 2015 during a prostitution sting at a Columbus hotel. One of the girls was a 17 year old who told them about making videos with Chavis when she was 16.

Courtesy: YouTube
Courtesy: YouTube

Investigators say they found numerous videos produced by Chavis online. They say the girls in the videos are shown in various states of undress and performing sex acts. Prosecutors claim Chavis then posted the sexually explicit videos on multiple social media sites and sold DVDs of the videos to various pornography websites.

Chavis was taken into custody at his apartment on Barclay Square in Columbus.

Chavis promotes himself online as a musician and pornographer. His videos are sexually explicit and investigators say some of them featured the girl who was 16 years old at the time.

The mandatory minimum sentence is 15 years in prison, but he could face a maximum of 30 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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