A judge has condemned (through Buzzfeed News ) the former YouTuber Austin Jones to ten years in prison after he pleaded guilty to a charge of "receipt of child pornography".
YouTube removed Jones' channel in February after his guilty plea. Jones' career as a musician began in 2007, and he rose to fame on YouTube with his a cappella versions of popular songs. In 2015, reports surfaced that he had contacted underage girls to send him videos. Jones admitted the accusations in a video on his channel, saying he was embarrassed, but denied requesting explicit videos from his fans.
However, Jones was arrested later in 2017 for requesting explicit videos from two underage girls. (Content warning: the federal complaint contains explicit content that some may find disturbing), and he admitted that he used Facebook and iMessage to chat with teenagers, encouraging them to send him pornographic videos. Jones pleaded guilty to the charges. While YouTube demystified his account, he initially did not eliminate it because of his guilty plea, and said the channel itself did not violate his terms of service. However, he quickly changed his mind and brought down the channel.
Now, Jones will spend up to a decade in prison. Special Agent for National Security James Gibbons said in a statement that "today's Austin Jones sentence represents an important step towards justice for the young victims who manipulated and exploited."