By Radio.com Staff
Fans and artists alike are calling for Front Porch Step’s removal from the Vans Warped Tour as a result of allegations of sexual misconduct with minors.
The 23-year-old artist, who’s real name is Jake Mcelfresh, came under fire late last year when a 16-year-old Long Island fan posted a sexually explicit text message conversation to her tumblr, in which Mcelfresh harassed the minor. According to the teen, Mcelfresh ramped up his inappropriate and obsessive behavior over the course of the summer, ending in a bizarre breakup.
“i honestly thought i was different and i try to find the humor in this, but there is none. jake mcelfresh f****** degraded me,” said the teen in her recap of the events. “i may just be one voice, but there are so many others.”
Several other teens have since followed with their accounts of misconduct. A list was assembled earlier this year by Alternative Press.
The New York Times also reported on the allegations, noting that “in some states, including Ohio, where Mr. Mcelfresh is based, it is a crime to possess sexual photographs of minors, or to encourage a minor to be photographed nude.”