Trans YouTuber Who Raped Own Sick Mother to Be Jailed in Women's Prison
Chris Chan found arrested for raping 79-year-old mother with dementia
A popular transgender YouTube star, who was arrested for raping his own dementia-stricken 79-year-old mother, is to be jailed in a women's prison, according to reports.
39-year-old YouTuber Chris Chan was identified as female by police and will be housed with women despite being biologically male.
Chan, who goes by Christine Weston Chandler on official documents, was arrested after leaked phone calls emerged of the YouTuber allegedly boasting about raping the elderly and vulnerable mother.
Chandler is being held in Central Virginia Regional Jail alongside 59 other biologically female detainees.
The vlogger and artist was jailed without bail on suspicion of incest, a felony punishable by up to 12 years in prison.
Chandler is biologically male but came out as transgender at the end of 2014.
Chandler was transferred on Monday from Henrico County Jail to Greene County, where the sheriff's office issued a statement confirming the arrest.
According to a press release from county law enforcement, a warrant was issued for Chandler's arrest after investigators "received information involving sex crimes against a family member, who resides in the Ruckersville area."
Chandler has lived with 79-year-old mother, Barbara, in Ruckersville, Virginia, for many years.
Chandler is currently being held without bond at the Central Virginia Regional Jail.
The sheriff's office said additional charges were pending, reported Newsweek.
Chandler is best known for creating the comic series characters Sonichu, which is a cross between Pikachu and Sonic the Hedgehog, and its "love interest," Rosechu.
The YouTube channel has more than 50,000 subscribers.
Chandler's arrest came just days after a phone call was leaked on an instant messaging platform, on which a person believed to be Chandler seemingly admitted to having sex with their elderly mother, who is believed to have dementia.
The authenticity of the audio recording hasn't been confirmed.
During the eight-minute conversation, Chandler apparently brags to a friend that it was the sick mother, Barbara, who "made the first move."
The "move" led the two to kiss, according to the audio file, which Newsweek reported.
Chandler allegedly claimed to approach the situation with "care and caution" after years of harboring sexual feelings toward the elderly mother and even having dreams of having sex with her.
"She was partially confused at one point, but then she came around, obviously," Chandler is allegedly heard saying on the call.
As the call continues, the person said to be Chandler gloats about having a sexual "routine" with the mother where they have sex "every third night," adding that the mother "enjoys" it.
Toward the end of the recording, Chandler apparently tells the unidentified friend: "God... said this was okay."
Chandler's mother frequently features on the Chris Chan social media pages over the years, most recently on July 11, when photos of Barbara sporting a new haircut were shared.
"Barbie Chan got a styling haircut," Chandler wrote.
"I did that; first time cutting anyone’s hair. It looks really good."
In May, Chandler shared a series of photos of mother Barbara as a younger woman, writing in a caption: "Hi, Mom.
"Remember, everyone, regardless of situation, your Mom, Mother, or Motherly Figure had a life and past of her own back in the day before you came along.
"She has gone through a lot for not only you and yours, but herself as well."
Chandler's final public post came on July 30, with a tweet that read in part: "There is drama in the air today.
"Each and every one of you all are encouraged to withdraw from any and all dramas, gossip, rumors, and whatever else will, and already has, approached your way today."
The following day, the 39-year-old YouTube star was filmed by podcaster Ethan Ralph getting arrested by police at the Regency Inn in Richmond, Virginia.
"I am compliant, I am good like this," a handcuffed Chandler is heard saying in the video, before adding that "everything is going to work out."
This is not Chandler’s first run-in with the law.
In October 2011, Chandler was arrested after mother Barbara hit a manager of a game center with her car, reported Insider.
In 2014, Chandler was also arrested for pepper-spraying a worker at a GameStop store.