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'Harry Styles Imposter John Eastman Enticed Children To Perform Sex Acts Online'

31/05/2013 13:32 BST | Updated 31/07/2013 10:12 BST
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Harry Styles in the press room at the 2013 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.

A 45-year-old man is accused of posing as One Direction star Harry Styles in order to entice young girls into performing sex acts online.

John Eastman was arrested after hundreds of pictures and videos of child pornography were found on his computers, the Waterbury Republican-American reports.

It adds Eastman fled Waterbury but was located by US marshals who found him in Virginia. He was arraigned in Superior Court on Thursday.

Sky News cites an arrest warrant as stating Eastman used the screen name Harry.Styles888 on Skype and used pictures of the singer on his computer to convince fans he was the star.

According to the warrant, Eastman's webcam contained pornographic images of children as young as five.

Authorities say Eastman would sometimes offer concert tickets in exchange for children agreeing to perform sex acts or pose naked online.

He is being held on a bail of £328,520.

Eastman has a criminal history including a conviction for fourth-degree sexual assault. He spent 10 years on the state's sex offender registry before being removed from the list in 2009, Boston.com reports.