YouTube star sentenced to 10 years in child porn case

YouTube star sentenced to 10 years in child porn case

Austin Jones, a YouTube star famous for his singing, was sentenced in Chicago federal court to 10 years in prison for coercing six girls to send him sexually explicit videos.

Prosecutors originally sought an 11-year prison sentence for Jones on Friday.

The defense, however, wanted the minimum available five years.

In a court filing obtained by the Chicago Tribune, prosecutors said Austin Jones “preyed on their youth, their vulnerabilities and most glaringly, their adoration of him, and he did it over and over again.”

“He coached the girls on what to wear, what to say, how to dance and what to do in the videos,” the filing added.

A defense filing asked for leniency, saying Jones’ life was “marred with abuse, pain, loss and death.” It said he suffered sexual abuse as a child.

Jones, from Bloomingdale, Illinois, was arrested in 2017. He pleaded guilty in February to child pornography.

Prosecutors said the 26-year-old admitted to reaching out to 30 other girls online before his arrest on child pornography charges in 2017.

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