Popular YouTuber and musician Austin Jones has plead guilty to charges of coercing six underage female fans to send him sexually explicit photos and videos.
Jones’ plea agreement follows his arrest in June of 2017, after being charged with two counts of child pornography.
Jones reportedly admitted to federal investigators that he’d solicited explicit content from the fans in question, and was aware that the girls were underage.
His online conversations with the girls spanned from 2010 - 2017, wherein he asked them to send graphic videos and photos of themselves performing sexual acts, even encouraging them to “talk about their age” in the process.
Jones plead guilty to one count of child pornography, facing a “mandatory minimum” sentencing of five years in prison - with a maximum sentence of 20 years.
Jones addressed claims of possessing child pornography in a video on June 29, 2015, which he titled, “Setting the Record Straight.”
In the video, Jones admits that allegations against him were true, but claimed that his conversations with the underage fans never contained any nudes and “never went further than twerking videos.”
The YouTuber has been allowed to walk free on bail in order to seek psychiatric counseling, despite prosecutors’ requests that he be jailed forthwith until his sentencing in May.
Jones' internet stardom stems from both his covers of popular songs and his own original works, which have earned him over 534,000 subscribers. While his YouTube channel remains online, his Twitter and Instagram accounts have been disabled as of February 2.