Previous Youtube star Austin Jones has actually been sentenced to 10 years in a United States federal jail after pleading guilty to encouraging minor ladies to send him specific videos of themselves.
Jones, who went far for himself online singing covers of tunes, was apprehended and charged in 2017 with 2 counts of producing kid porn.
He, later on, pleaded guilty to one charge of getting kid porn —– confessing in a plea arrangement that in 2016 and 2017 he lured 6 ladies to produce and send out specific videos to show they were his most significant fan
Production and invoice of kid porn are extremely severe offenses that threaten the security of our kids and neighborhoods, it estimates assistant U.S. Lawyer Katherine Neff Welsh composing in a sentencing memo. “ Jones actions took something from his victims and their households that they will never ever have the ability to return.”
At the height of his YouTube popularity, Jones had around 540,000 customers to his channel and more than 20 M video views.
In a 2015 apology vlog, after reports emerged of Jones asking young fans to send him twerking videos, he declared it never ever went even more than that. “There were never ever any nudes, never ever any physical contact, it never ever occurred,” he stated then.
However, in his plea arrangement Jones confessed to trying to convince more than thirty minor fans to send him specific pictures or videos.
YouTube eliminated Jones channel after he pled guilty in February —– stating it had actually broken its neighborhood standards. The Google-owned business at first declined to shutter it, informing the BBC a couple of days previously that while it does have a policy of getting rid of material when an individual is founded guilty of criminal activity “ in some cases it does so just if the material is carefully associated to the criminal offense dedicated.
Explaining her experience in a vlog likewise published to YouTube, one previous fan she had actually gotten messages from Jones asking her for twerking videos prior to his 2015 apology video when she was 14- years old.
“ I simply wear comprehend how these individuals can let the popularity get to their heads that much that they believe it’s alright to do something to individuals like this,” she stated. It’s so ruined. The truth that his fanbase was these susceptible, insecure young ladies makes it so much even worse than it currently is He understood that that was his fanbase and he took benefit of that.