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YouTube Star Austin Jones Sentenced To 10 Years In Child Porn Case

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YouTube Star Austin Jones Sentenced To 10 Years In Child Porn Case

YouTube Star Austin Jones Sentenced To 10 Years In Child Porn Case

According to CBS, YouTube star Austin Jones has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for encouraging underage girls to send him sexually explicit videos of themselves to prove that they’re real fans.

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Back In February, the 26-year-old singer from Bloomingdale, Illinois, pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography, the Justice Department said in a news release Friday. 

“Jones admitted in a plea agreement that in 2016 and 2017 he chatted with six underage girls on Facebook and enticed them to produce pornographic videos of themselves and send them to him,” the release said. “Jones told some of his victims to send him the videos as a way to ‘prove’ they were his biggest fans. He also told some of his victims that the videos were part of a modeling opportunity, and that he could assist them in gaining followers on Instagram.”

In addition to that, Jones also admitted to using Facebook around 30 other times to try to persuade minors to send him “sexually explicit” videos and photos, according to prosecutors. 

“Production and receipt of child pornography are extraordinarily serious offenses that threaten the safety of our children and communities,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Katherine Neff Welsh said in a sentencing memo. “Jones’ actions took something from his victims and their families that they will never be able to get back.”

Jones had originally faced a minimum sentence of five years in jail and a maximum sentence of two decades but, prosecutors asked for an 11-year sentence and came down to 10z

“Today’s sentencing of Austin Jones represents a major step towards justice for the young victims whom he manipulated and exploited,” Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent-in-Charge James Gibbons said in a statement.”

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