His Internet popularity and following may not be as large as singing sensation Susan Boyle, but Edward Muscare is a YouTube star with lots of fans.
Muscare, 77, has been called the singing sex offender and his YouTube videos has attracted hundreds of thousands of views.
Currently, Muscare is in a Florida jail and awaits sentencing on parole violation charges.
His YouTube videos have logged more than a million "views."
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Muscare is known by his user name "Edarem" and YouTube video show a wild-hair older man lip-synching a creepy rendition of "Pretty Woman."
But his online fame has landed him back in jail and will be sentenced.
Sex offenders typically are forbidden use of a computer or Internet access.
Many of Muscare's YouTube followers are coming to his defense by posting messages online, urging "Freedom for Edward Muscare" and "Libertad para Edarem."
The YouTube star has appealed for his freedom in a letter to the judge who will preside over his probation violation for having a computer.
Muscare said he agreed to submit to unannounced searches of his computer at any time.
Muscare pleaded no contest in Orange County in 1987 to sexual battery of a boy and served a prison term, but remains on probation for failing to comply with sex-offender-registration requirements when he lived in Lady Lake, Central Florida.
If the judge decides there was a parole violation, the judge could send Muscare to prison, continue or extend his probation, or decide that his 100-plus-day jail stint was punishment enough and release him.
According to reports by the Orlando Sentinel, Muscare has been identified as a former Kansas City television host who was arrested in San Diego on charges that he molested a 14-year-old Orange County boy while he was in Orlando. In Kansas City, he worked as a late-night-television-show host known as Uncle Ed.
- Fans cry freedom for jailed YouTube video 'star' (Orlando Sentinel)
- Sex Offenders and Sex Offenses: Overview (FindLaw)
- A new law will require that sex offenders' computer use be monitored and will bar access to social network sites. (Minnesota Star Tribune)
- Sex Crimes Overview (provided by Kirkconnell, Lindsey, Snure & Yates, P.A.)
- Motions to Revoke Probation (provided by Patrick L. Hancock)