An artist who created a viral meme on Twitter last year about the 2016 Festival of Lights in the Bahamas has been arrested in Florida on child pornography charges, The Associated Press reported.
The artist, Eric T. McDonough, has been charged with possessing child pornography and engaging in a lewd or lascivious exhibition, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
The news agency said McDonight had been arrested at his home in the resort city of Fort Lauderdale and charged with one count of possession of child pornography.
His lawyer said he was released from jail Saturday, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
He did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.
McDONOUGH is best known as the founder of a group of flamencos who perform in the popular floating music festival.
He was arrested in June for allegedly having sex with a 13-year-old girl at his Florida home.
The festival was canceled after a similar incident in February that authorities said involved three young people.
He had also previously been accused of assaulting a 19-year old woman at his mansion in North Carolina.
He pleaded not guilty to that charge.
In August, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrested McDonogh, who has been in jail since then on charges including possession of a controlled substance, unlawful photography, possession of pornographic materials and criminal mischief.
He also faces a charge of lewd conduct involving a minor.
He appeared in court in a black jumpsuit and was ordered to have no contact with the minors.
His bail was set at $1 million.
In a statement, the festival said it was aware of the arrest.
The event, which draws hundreds of thousands of people from around the world, has canceled the Festival of Light.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families at this difficult time,” the festival added in a statement.
“Festival of Lights is committed to providing the best possible experiences for our guests, as well as the safety of everyone attending the event.
Festival of Lashes is deeply saddened by this news.”
In a Facebook post, festival officials said they were “deeply concerned” about the incident and “are working with law enforcement to support them.”
In December, the International Organization for Migration said it would suspend its efforts to resettle the flamencon artists, saying they were not welcome in the United States.