YouTuber Austin Jones, 26, who has hundreds of thousands of young fans, pleads guilty to child porn charges after messaging at least six 14 and 15-year-old girls on Facebook and asking them to send him 'sex videos'

  • Austin Jones faces at least five years in federal prison after pleading guilty Friday to coercing six underage female fans to send him sexually explicit videos 
  • He attempted to do the same with as many as 30 other victims
  • Jones' original songs and covers of popular teen artists have earned him a huge online following
  • His YouTube channel has more than 500,000 subscribers, and some of his videos have received more than 1 million views
  • Jones admitted in a 27-page plea agreement that he had online conversations with six 14- and 15-year-old girls from 2010 to 2017
  • The conversations took place over Facebook messenger and iMessage
  • Jones encouraged the girls to send him sexually explicit videos of themselves, including dozens of images of them performing graphic sexual acts

YouTube singer with a big teenage fan base has pleaded guilty to charges he  coerced six underage female fans to send him sexually explicit videos.

Austin Jones, 26, of Bloomingdale, Illinois, pleaded guilty on Friday to one count of child pornography. 

Although prosecutors asked that the 26-year-old Jones be taken immediately into custody, US District Judge John Lee allowed Jones to remain free on bail as he seeks psychiatric counseling.

Austin Jones (pictured), a 26-year-old YouTube star, has pleaded guilty to child pornography charges for instructing at least six young female fans to send him sexually explicit clips

Austin Jones (pictured), a 26-year-old YouTube star, has pleaded guilty to child pornography charges for instructing at least six young female fans to send him sexually explicit clips

Jones' lawyer said his client had recently begun dealing with traumatic events in his life.

In a 27-page plea agreement, Jones admitted that he had online conversations with six 14- and 15-year-old girls between 2010 and 2017. 

In the conversations Jones encouraged the girls to send him sexually explicit videos of themselves. 

Court documents posted online detail the allegations against Jones in a report from a Homeland Security Special Agent. 

The documents allege that Jones sent numerous messages the girls in which he instructed them to expose their genitals in videos sent to him through Facebook. 

According to the federal complaint, Jones used Facebook and iMessage to request sexually explicit videos from girls aged about 14 to 15.   

Jones admitted in a 27-page plea agreement that he had online conversations with six 14- and 15-year-old girls from 2010 to 2017
Jones' original songs and covers of popular teen artists have earned him a huge online following. His YouTube channel has more than 500,000 subscribers

Jones admitted in a 27-page plea agreement that he had online conversations with six 14- and 15-year-old girls from 2010 to 2017

Jones encouraged the girls to send him sexually explicit videos of themselves, including dozens of images of them performing graphic sexual acts

Jones encouraged the girls to send him sexually explicit videos of themselves, including dozens of images of them performing graphic sexual acts

The 26-year-old asked her to film videos for him, giving her a script on exactly what to do and say, according to court documents.

'Now you need an intro to the video. At the beginning, get super close and say these lines: hey Austin, it's (name) and this butt is (age) years old and then make it clap for 30 seconds. Got it?' a transcript in the document read.

The girl then asked if the singer would not post it anywhere after she sent it to him, to which he responded: 'I delete them after I score them.'

Documents state Jones continued to pressure the girl into changing outfits and staying up late. When the girl told him she had to go to bed, according to the document, he replied telling her to stop 'giving up' and to 'take this seriously'. 

The documents go on to detail another alleged exchange between the two.

'In your honest opinion, do you think your butt is good enough to give guys boners?' he asked the victim, to which she responded: 'Yes I have given guys boners with it many times.'

Jones then messaged her: 'It hasn't given me a boner yet. That's why I'm concerned... I guess try harder!! Add more lines while you bounce if you think that will help.'

The victim then allegedly said: 'How about I try no underwear I won't show anything'.

'You can try that,' he said in response.

The document claims Victim A sent the YouTube singer 15 videos, with 10 showing her naked from the waist down.

It then details the allegations against Jones in regards to the second girl, known as Victim B, who he messaged between August 12 and 14 in 2016. 

In one of the earlier messages he sent to the victim, who also identified herself to him as being 14 years old, Jones allegedly said she was 'lucky' to have his attention and told her to 'prove' she was his biggest fan.

Jones faces at least five years in prison and will be sentenced at a later date 

Jones faces at least five years in prison and will be sentenced at a later date 

He then said he wanted to 'spank' her, adding: 'Think about how amazing that would be for you!! To have your favorite singer spanking your a**!'

The document states he then said, 'If you're lucky, maybe I'd let you suck my d***', but she would have to 'keep proving your (sic) my biggest fan though!!!'

Victim B then allegedly wrote back she wanted to make him 'happy and all' but did not want either of them 'getting inn (sic) trouble over it'.

Jones then threatened to leave the chat and wrote, according to the documents: 'I guess you really aren't my biggest fan…..ok then.'

The two continued to chat after that, and the girl made videos with similar instructions Jones allegedly gave to Victim A. 

However, the 26-year-old then told the girl to make videos naked for him, exposing her 'butthole'. 

'I'm just trying to help you! 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,' he wrote, according to the document.

The girl was hesitant to do so, and told Jones she was not comfortable making videos for him naked. 

'If you really are my biggest fan, you would do it! You're doing so good I need my biggest fan to be confident... I have to see your butthole to know for sure that you care 100%... spread for a good 15 seconds,' he allegedly wrote.

'I bet you had NO IDEA when you met me that just 1 day later you'd get to show me your butthole how special do you feel?!'

Jones faced similar allegations in 2015, and defended himself in a Facebook post in May of the same year. He has since been taken off the social media platform as a result of his behavior

Jones faced similar allegations in 2015, and defended himself in a Facebook post in May of the same year. He has since been taken off the social media platform as a result of his behavior

The report states the girl sent Jones approximately 25 videos over the two day span, eight of which showed her exposed genitals. 

The document concluded: 'Based on the above information, there is probable cause to believe that Jones knowingly employed, used, persuaded, induced, and enticed minors, namely Victims A and B, to engage in sexually explicit conduct.'

Jones' plea comes after he was hit with allegations in May 2015 he lied about his age to get underage girls to send him videos of them twerking, the New York Daily News reports.

In a Facebook post at the time, which has since been deleted, he wrote: 'I'm embarrassed. 

'I'd have conversations online with girls that would involve me asking them to create a video of themselves twerking. Sometimes I'd make videos of myself doing some twerk moves in return.

'Here's the truth: I NEVER asked them to do anything more than send a twerking video. Nothing EVER went beyond that.'

A review of his social media activities showed that 'his primary fan base appears to be teenage girls,' the court documents said, adding that Facebook shut down Jones' page in 2017 due to his involvement with minors on the network. 

At the time, Facebook released a statement: 'We have zero tolerance for sharing or soliciting child exploitative images or videos on Facebook, and we cooperate with law enforcement agencies that investigate these crimes.' 

Jones has racked up millions of views on YouTube, a unit of Alphabet Inc, with his covers of pop songs and has more than 500,000 followers across his Twitter, Instagram and YouTube channels. 

His original songs and covers of popular teen artists have earned him an online following.

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Austin Jones, 26, who has hundreds of thousands of young fans, pleads guilty to child porn charges

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