Rapper Tekashi69 gets probation in child sex case

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HOUSTON, TX – AUGUST 22: Rapper Tekashi69, real name Daniel Hernandez and also known as 6ix9ine, Tekashi 6ix9ine, Tekashi 69, arrives for his arraignment on assault charges in County Criminal Court #1 at the Harris County Courthouse on August 22, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Rapper Tekashi69 was ordered Friday to serve four years probation for making sexually explicit videos with an underage girl, The New York Times reported. He must also complete 1,000 hours of community service. 

In 2015, the rapper, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, was arrested after videos surfaced that featured a 13-year-old girl having sex.

“In late February of 2015, the defendant participated in the sexual violation of a child,” said prosecutor Sara Weiss. “During that encounter, there was also the creation of sexually explicit videos of that encounter. The defendant was filmed fondling this child’s breasts and smacking her on her buttocks at the same time she was being penetrated by two adult males, she was being penetrated orally and vaginally.”

Hernandez was 18.

“The defendant, knowing the character and content thereof, employed, authorized and induced a child less than 17 years of age to engage in a sexual performance, and being a parent, legal guardian and custodian of such child, the defendant consented to the participation of such child in a sexual performance,” court documents stated.

In October of that year, Hernandez pled guilty using a child in a sexual performance. The court ordered Hernandez to serve probation as part of a plea agreement, which required him to get his GED and seek mental health treatment for two years. He was also prohibited from posting any sexually explicit images of women or children and any images of violence against women or children to his social media accounts.  

Prosecutors began pushing for a harsher punishment after he was arrested twice this year, once after he allegedly attacked a 16-year-old fan at a Texas shopping mall who was trying to record the rapper. He was arrested again in May after he allegedly assaulted an officer following a traffic stop. 

When his sentence was handed down Friday, Hernandez addressed the judge, saying  “I have millions of youth that look at me as a role model and the last place I want to be is incarcerated, they don’t deserve it. Thank you.”

Later that evening, police say a member of his entourage was shot by a bodyguard outside of a restaurant in Manhattan after the man allegedly hit him with a chair. The man was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. Hernandez was not present during the shooting, according to his attorney. 

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