YouTube singer Austin Jones has been sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment after he pled guilty to one count of 'receipt of child pornography.' Jones made his name a long time ago and went on to become one of the most popular YouTubers in recent times. Back in 2007, he arrived on YouTube when the platform was still in the growing stages and rose to fame owing to his a capella covers of popular songs.
Back in 2015, reports about him contacting underage girls to send him videos surfaced. He admitted to the accusation in a video posted by himself but denied any act of soliciting explicit videos from the fans. In 2017, Jones was arrested for soliciting explicit videos from underage girls and admitted to using Facebook and iMessage to chat with teenage girls urging them to send him pornographic videos. He pled guilty to those charges then.
While YouTube did demonetize his account, it did not remove it initially but did so after his final acceptance earlier in February 2019. Now, Jones will spend up to a decade in prison. Homeland Security Special Agent-in-Charge James Gibbons said in a release that “today’s sentencing of Austin Jones represents a major step towards justice for the young victims whom he manipulated and exploited.”