Austin Jones Bio
Austin Jones born Austin Jefferson Jones is a former YouTuber and musician from Bloomingdale, Illinois, who was active from the years 2007 to 2017, prior to his arrest for various sexual offences, such as production of child pornography.
Austin Jones Age
Born on 12 December 1992, Austin is 26 years old as of 2018.
Austin Jones Career
Austin started releasing music in 2007. He released an EP titled We’ll Fall Together, in 2014 which ended up at number 12 on the iTunes pop chart. In 2016, he released a full-length album titled Pitch Imperfect. He was also known for his a cappella videos of song covers, such as My Chemical Romance’s “Welcome to the Black Parade”, Panic! at the Disco’s “I Write Sins Not Tragedies”, and Fall Out Boy’s “Sugar We’re Goin’ Down”. Austin also covered every song from Twenty One Pilots’ album Blurryface, in an acapella medley.
Sexual Misconduct Controversies
The music website PupFresh reported on May 10, 2015, that Austin Jones had contacted multiple underage female fans online, each time persuading the girl to twerk on video for him, giving her directions how to perform the act while being recorded. An anonymous 15-year-old girl began a Change.org petition to revoke his planned participation in the upcoming Warped Tour which surfaced in light of these events but did not accumulate enough signatures. However Austin eventually withdrew from the tour and addressed the allegations in a video he uploaded to his channel, named; ‘Setting the Record Straight’, where he admitted that the allegations were correct and apologized for his actions, while denying nudity being involved in any of the videos he recorded or any of the webcam conversations.
Austin Jones Arrest
Jones was arrested on June 12, 2017, at Chicago O’Hare International Airport by agents of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) on two counts of producing child pornography, once in 2016 and once in 2017. In both cases he had persuaded an underage female fan to make sexually explicit videos of herself, according to his directions. Jones was released from federal custody to home confinement in his mother’s custody at a June 15 court hearing, after posting a $100,000 bond, but was ordered to abstain from using the Internet while he awaits trial.
Austin Jones Sentencing
On February 1, 2019, he entered a guilty plea with sentencing scheduled in May 2019. He pleaded guilty to a single count of “receipt of child pornography”.
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Austin Jones Twitter
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Austin Jones News
YouTube Will Not Terminate Convicted Sex Offender Austin Jones’ Channel
YouTube will not terminate Austin Jones’ channel in the wake of him pleading guilty to coercing six underage fans to send him graphic videos of themselves.
Here’s why: In criminal cases, the platform will only remove a YouTuber’s channel if they’re convicted and their channel’s content is closely related to that crime.
For example, when Heather and Michael Martin, the parents behind the now-infamous DaddyOFive channel, were convicted of abusing their children, YouTube terminated their channel (as well as several related channels) specifically because the channel featured footage showing how the Martins treated their children. But Chris Brown, who in 2009 pled guilty to assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna, has a YouTube channel — and his won’t be terminated, because its content isn’t related to his conviction.
In this case, YouTube has judged that Jones’ crimes are not closely related to his content, and that his content does not violate YouTube’s terms of service, so his channel (which has 534,000 subscribers) will remain standing, the platform tells Tubefilter. However, YouTube adds that it did demonetize Jones’ content after his arrest back in 2017, so he’s no longer making money off the 40 videos — mostly a capella song covers — still uploaded on his channel.
“We take safety on YouTube and allegations of sexual misconduct very seriously,” wrote a YouTube spokesperson in a statement sent to Tubefilter. “When we’re made aware of serious allegations or convictions we take action, which may include terminating business relationships or suspending monetization.”
YouTube’s judgment in Jones’ case is in line with previous decisions, but it is worth noting Jones used the fame he achieved on YouTube to lure underage fans. Court filings show Jones had contact with more than 30 underage girls, and often asked them to send him graphic videos to prove how much they liked his work.
“I’m just trying to help you!” he told one girl in 2016, in an attempt to get her to remove her underwear on camera for him. “I know you’re trying your hardest to prove you’re my biggest fan. And I don’t want to have to find someone else.”