Austin Jones has found himself in some deep hot water. The 26-year old has become somewhat of a YouTube phenomenon as a singer. But his career is all but over now, as he faces a ten year prison sentence for soliciting minors to participate in some sexually suggestive videos.
Jones was sentenced earlier this week to a decade behind bars after being accused of soliciting sexually explicit videos from some of his teenage female fans. The musician had been building up a very strong fan base from his ability to sing a cappella covers of pop hits. He has even done a few concert tours recently, but it looks like he'll be singing to a whole new audience in the near future. Though Jones is 26-years old, he looks a lot younger and has confessed to asking six underage girls to share pornographic material with him online.
Austin Jones spoke to six girls, some of which were 14-years old, online and asked them to prove they were his "true fans." The YouTube singer than asked for pornographic material. He pleaded guilty back in February and a judge has just given him a 10-year federal prison sentence. Assistant U.S. Attorney Katherine Neff Welsh had this to say about the matter.
"Production and receipt of child pornography are extraordinarily serious offenses that threaten the safety of our children and communities. Jones' actions took something from his victims and their families that they will never be able to get back."
As for how this all went down, Austin Jones was using Facebook to lure young girls into his orbit by providing them with modeling opportunities. It's been reported that Jones did this more than 30 times as he asked for obscene photos and videos from the underage girls. From there, he would have these girls try and help him get more followers on Instagram. In an effort to mitigate his sentence, Jones claims he was sexually abused as a child. In 2015, long before this all went down, the YouTuber released a 16-minute video admitting that he used to ask girls to send him videos of them twerking as he looked directly at the camera. However, he claims it never went further than those videos, despite evidence suggesting otherwise.
Austin Jones has admitted to instructing young girls how to do sexually obscene dances and would have them say, "hey Austin, it's (name) and this butt is (age) years old and then make it clap for 30 seconds. Got it?" Things would get worse as time went on and the videos would go down a more explicit route. As for now, Jones will serve all ten years in federal prison and will more than likely have to do the entire time behind bars. The Austin Jones federal prison news was first reported by Deadline.