Austin Jones (musician)

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Austin Jones
Personal information
BornAustin Jefferson Jones
December 12, 1992 (age 26)[1]
OriginBloomingdale, Illinois
NationalityAmerican
ResidenceBloomingdale, Illinois
YouTube information
Years active2007–2017
GenreMusic (cover music, rock music, pop punk, metalcore)
Subscribers(547,000+ before channel was terminated)
Total views(33.2 million+ before channel was terminated)
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers

Austin Jefferson Jones (born December 12, 1992) is an American former YouTuber and musician from Bloomingdale, Illinois, who was active from the years 2007 to 2017, prior to his arrest for various sexual offences, including production of child pornography.[2]

After accumulating around 540,000 subscribers and over 20 million video views, Jones became more widely known due to his arrest related to sexual misconduct involving minors and his possession and production of child pornography.[1][2][3] On February 8, 2019, his YouTube channel was terminated.[4][5]

Career[edit]

Jones began releasing music in 2007. In 2014, he released an EP titled We'll Fall Together, which ended up at number 12 on the iTunes pop chart. In 2016, Jones released a full-length album titled Pitch Imperfect.[6] Jones 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". He also covered every song from Twenty One Pilots' album Blurryface, in an acapella medley.[7][8][9]

Sexual misconduct controversies[edit]

On May 10, 2015, the music website PupFresh reported 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.[10] A Change.org petition started by an anonymous 15-year-old girl to revoke his planned participation in the upcoming Warped Tour surfaced in light of these events did not accumulate enough signatures, but Jones eventually withdrew from the tour and addressed the allegations in a video he uploaded to his channel, "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.[11] [12]

On June 12, 2017, Jones was arrested 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 each case he persuaded an underage female fan to make sexually explicit videos of herself, according to his directions.[13][2][14] At a June 15 court hearing, Jones was released from federal custody to home confinement in his mother's custody after posting a $100,000 bond, but was ordered to abstain from using the Internet while he awaits trial.[15][16] He entered a guilty plea on February 1, 2019, with sentencing scheduled on May 3, 2019.[17][18][19] He pleaded guilty to a single count of "receipt of child pornography".[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Sokmenseur, Harriet (June 15, 2017). "YouTube Star Austin Jones Allegedly Urged 14-Year-Old Fans to Send Him Sexual Videos". People. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Seidel, Jon (June 13, 2017). "YouTube star Austin Jones charged with child porn counts in Illinois". Chicago Sun-Times.
  3. ^ "Suburban Musician Arrested on Child Pornography Charges for Allegedly Enticing Underage Girls to Produce Sexually Explicit Videos". U.S. Attorney's Office — Northern District of Illinois. Department of Justice. June 13, 2017. Retrieved June 16, 2017.
  4. ^ "YouTube U-turn over child abuse singer". 2019-02-08. Retrieved 2019-02-08.
  5. ^ Alexander, Julia (2019-02-07). "YouTube removes channel after creator pleads guilty to coercing young fans into sending sexual content". The Verge. Retrieved 2019-02-08.
  6. ^ Castro, Danilo (June 13, 2017). "Austin Jones Arrested: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know". Heavy.com.
  7. ^ Wilson-Taylor, James (March 14, 2017). "WATCH: Twenty One Pilots Fan Records Acapella Version Of Every 'Blurryface' Track". PopBuzz.
  8. ^ Selleck, Cole (October 2016). "WATCH: Dude Covers "Welcome To The Black Parade" With JUST His Voice". WRDA.
  9. ^ Jones, Austin (June 1, 2016). "YouTuber Austin Jones' cover of Bring Me The Horizon's 'Drown' is going viral". Alternative Press.
  10. ^ Beelek, William (Editor) (May 10, 2015). "Austin Jones asking underage girls to twerk for him". PupFresh.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  11. ^ Swenson, Kyle (February 4, 2019). "Austin Jones had YouTube fame, 40 million page views, adoring fans and a shocking secret". The Washington Post – via San Francisco Chronicle.
  12. ^ Crane, Matt (May 18, 2015). "Warped Tour YouTuber Austin Jones responds to accusations, apologizes". Alternative Press.
  13. ^ https://www.scribd.com/document/351203585/Austin-Jones-Child-Porn-Complaint-WARNING-Disturbing-content
  14. ^ Stutz, Colin (June 13, 2017). "YouTube Star Austin Jones Arrested on 2 Counts of Child Pornography". Billboard.
  15. ^ "YouTube Star Austin Jones Released on Bail, Ordered to Stay Offline After Child Porn Charges". Associated Press. Billboard. June 15, 2017. Retrieved June 16, 2017.
  16. ^ United States v. Jones
  17. ^ https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/youtube-star-austin-jones-pleads-guilty-to-child-porn/
  18. ^ https://people.com/crime/austin-jones-pleads-guilty-to-coercing-underage-female-fans-to-send-sexually-explicit-videos/
  19. ^ "YouTube performer Austin Jones pleads guilty to child porn charge". ABC7 Chicago. February 2, 2019. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  20. ^ https://www.justice.gov/usao-ndil/pr/suburban-musician-pleads-guilty-child-pornography-charge-enticing-underage-girls

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