One of the founders of YouTube's biggest tween channels was arrested last month for allegedly molesting a girl in Florida, Buzzfeed first revealed on Monday.
Ian Rylett, 55—one of the founders of the "SevenAwesomeKids" brand—was arrested on Aug. 17 and charged with lewd and lascivious molestation.
According to an arrest affidavit obtained by Oxygen.com, police say Rylett had the victim sign a contract to become a member of SevenSuperGirls. Days later, Rylett allegedly met with that victim inside an Orange County hotel room where he is accused of coercing her to take off her shirt. He allegedly said he wanted to show her how to bind her breasts down so they appear smaller in videos for the channel.
The affidavit states he told her to remove her bra or else “he would force it off of her.”
He allegedly molested her. The victim informed him she was uncomfortable. She repeatedly told him no, according to the affidavit.
Rylett also allegedly demanded the girl take her underwear off so she could try on different types of bikinis in front of him. He also allegedly threatened "to use the contract to fine her if she did not comply with his demand."
At one point the girl replied, “Fine, fine me then” before going to the bathroom to change.
Rylett, who is from Britain, was charged with lewd or lascivious battery of a minor less than 16. He bailed himself out on Sept. 14. He has surrendered his passport and is due to stand trial later this year.
“SevenAwesomeKids” has over 9 million subscribers. The channel has been dormant since the arrest of Rylett. It has remained up on YouTube, however, Buzzfeed reported.
[Photo: Orange County Sheriff’s Office]