A Saudi teenager, who became an online sensation in the Arab world for his hilariously bashful online conversations with 21-year-old American YouTuber Christina Crockett, could face up to three years in prison for “abusively” using the live broadcasting website YouNow.
Police in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, arrested Abu Sin, whose nickname loosely translates to “toothless,” for his unethical behavior online. The authorities claim he is 19, but in one of the videos, Crockett claimed he was only 13.
“His videos received many comments and many of the commenters of the general public demanded for him to be punished for his actions,” said Colonel Fawaz Al-Mayman, a spokesperson for Riyadh police. “The two of them [Abu Sin and Crockett] composed enticing videos which received thousands of followers and viewers from all over the world within a short period of time. Most of the viewers were from the Arab world. Abu Sin, nicknamed for his projecting tooth, became famous and received negative attention.”
The online conversation between Sin and Crockett comprised of the two chatting from their respective homes in Saudi Arabia and California, merrily trying to overcome the language barrier and jokingly declaring their love for each other.
“The teenager could face prison term — ranging from a year to three — depending on the sentence issued by the judge. The ethics and morals of Shariah law apply even on the Internet,” said lawyer Abdulrahman Al-Lahem, adding that Abu Sin’s video breach the Shariah law and information technology law.
The moments before his arrest were also captured on a YouNow video. Sin was using the service to chat with a man from Kuwait when a police car drives up to him (at 6 minutes and 52 seconds) and told Sin they had an arrest warrant, according to a translation by France 24.
So far, Crockett and YouNow have been silent on the matter.