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Former YouTube star Austin Jones gets 10 years in prison for child porn, tricking little girls into sending him nude photos & videos

An Illinois man who became a social media sensation will serve a decade in federal prison for pressuring underage girls to undress and record sexually explicit videos, the Chicago Tribune reports.

A judge on Friday handed down the the 10-year sentence to 26-year-old Austin Jones after he pleaded guilty to charges of child pornography.

Jones, of Bloomington, Illinois, is a former YouTube singer who accumulated a wide following among teenagers. He produced music videos that went viral and were viewed millions of times. He later went on tour.

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Authorities say Jones admitted to contacting at least 30 girls before he was arrested in 2017 and had internet conversations with at least six 14-year-old and 15-year-old girls since 2010. Jones would encourage the victims to send him videos containing sexually explicit material, and he even suggested poses, underwear and things to say.

Court documents allege Jones told the girls to show him their genitals in the videos.

“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?” according to a transcript of one conversation with a victim.

When the girl asked Jones not to post the video, he responded, “I delete them after I score them.”

Jones would also coerce girls to change outfits and stay up late into the night. When one girl told him she needed to sleep, he responded that she was “giving up” and did not “take this seriously.”

In another conversation, Jones persuades a girl to remove her underwear.

Jones: “In your honest opinion, do you think your butt is good enough to give guys boners?”’  

Girl victim: “Yes I have given guys boners with it many times,” the girl responded.

Jones:  “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.”

Girl victim: “How about I try no underwear I won’t show anything.”

In a conversation with a different girl, Jones said he wanted to spank her, according to court documents obtained by the DailyMail.

“Think about how amazing that would be for you!! To have your favorite singer spanking your a**!”

Jones then said, “If you’re lucky, maybe I’d let you suck my d***,” but added that the victim would need to “keep proving your (sic) my biggest fan though!!!”

Even though the victim repeatedly expressed discomfort with Jones’ request, he continued to pressure her.

“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.”

The victim sent Jones approximately 25 videos within a 48-hour period, including eight in which she exposes her genitals.

The plea deal follows allegations in 2015 that Jones lied about how old he was so girls would send him videos of them twerking. Authorities who reviewed his social media activities alleged that most of his fans appeared to be teenage girls.

Jones has millions of views on YouTube and has upwards of 500,000 followers between YouTube, Instagram and Twitter. Facebook, the platform used to communicate with the victims, shut down Jones’ account in 2017.

Prosecutors had initially sought 11 years in prison while Jones had argued for the minimum of five years.The prosecution alleged Jones “preyed” on the girls’ “youth, their vulnerabilities and most glaringly, their adoration of him.” Meanwhile, Jones’ defense attorneys claimed he was sexually abused as a minor and that his life had been “marred with abuse, pain, loss and death.”

Jones’ victims spoke during Friday’s sentencing hearing. One told the judge that the encounter with him made her suicidal.

“He made me feel so good about myself when I did what he wanted and so terrible when I didn’t,” the girl said as she was fighting back tears. “He would use my dreams and my fandom to manipulate me.”

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