YouTube star Austin Jones pleads guilty to child pornography charge

scandal 04/02/2019

YouTube star Austin Jones has pleaded guilty to a federal child pornography charge. According to court documents obtained by E! News, the 26-year-old faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum sentence of 20 years. 

His sentencing is scheduled for May 3, 2019. 

Jones, 26, plead guilty to “coercing six underage female fans to send him sexually explicit videos and attempting to do the same with as many as 30 other victims,” the Chicago Tribune reports.

The 27-page plea agreement outlined Jones’ online conversations with six 14 and 15-year old girls between 2010 and 2017.

The conversations were on Facebook messenger and Apple chat where Jones encouraged girls to send “sexually explicit videos of themselves, including dozens of images of them performing graphic sexual acts,” the Tribune reports.

In several of the exchanges, Jones promised “modeling opportunities” or requested they prove to him they were his “biggest fan.” He also required the girls to discuss their age while they performed the sexual acts, according to the Tribune.

The plea deal also outlined how many of the girls were hesitant to send the videos. One stated she had to be up for school and “might have to finish tomorrow” while another stated she resorted to “cutting” as a result of the interactions, the document states.

Jones’ lawyer alleges he only recently began dealing with his own life’s traumatic events. Among those mentioned are being sexually abused by a close relative and his younger brother’s sudden death, the Tribune reports.