Evan Emory's YouTube classroom video turns into felony sex charge for singer
(CBS/WWMT) MUSKEGON, Mich. - If singer-songwriter Evan Emory was looking for his 15 minutes of fame, he got it, and more.
The 21-year-old faces a felony charge after he was arrested by Michigan authorities Tuesday for allegedly inserting innocent images of first graders into a sexually-themed video, reports CBS affiliate WWMT.
In January Emory got permission from a teacher at Beechnau Elementary in Ravenna, Mich. to perform a fun, innocent song in front of 24 first graders. The children were videotaped listening to and reacting to the lighthearted "Lunch Lady Song."
However, prosecutors say that once the classroom cleared out - and unbeknownst to the school - Emory and a friend videotaped an entirely different song, one filled with sexual references, reports WWMT.
Emory manipulated the video to make it appear that the kids were listening to the dirty song that was rife with sexual innuendo and explicit lyrics. He then posted the video on Youtube.
Emory's attorney says his client is a creative and talented kid and had no criminal thought in mind when he produced the video, according to WWMT.
"He didn't think it through," said defense attorney Terry Nolan. "He feels horrible for the families, he just didn't think it through when he did this."
Parents learned on Wednesday that the video was first shown on Valentine's Day while Emory was performing at a local comedy club.
The singer is charged with manufacturing child sexual abusive materials, an offense that carries 15 to 20 years in jail.
On Wednesday Emory was arraigned in Muskegon. He was released on a $5,000 surety bond. Emory was ordered not to have any contact with children, except at his job, where he works as a waiter.
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