Austin Jefferson Jones (born December 12, 1992) is an American, former YouTuber, musician, and convicted sex offender from Bloomingdale, Illinois, who was active from the years 2007 to 2017, prior to his arrest for production of child pornography in 2017 and conviction in 2019.
After accumulating around 540,000 subscribers and over 20 million video views, Jones became more widely known due to his arrest for sexual misconduct involving minors and his possession and production of child pornography On February 8, 2019, his YouTube channel was terminated On May 3, 2019, Jones was sentenced to ten years in federal prison for receipt of child pornography.
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. A Change.org petition started by an anonymous 15-year-old girl to revoke his planned participation in the upcoming The Vans Warped Tour surfacing 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.
On June 12, 2017, Jones was arrested at O’Hare International Airport by agents of Homeland Security Investigations 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. At a June 15 court hearing, Jones was released from federal custody to house arrest in his mother’s custody after posting a $100,000 bond, but was ordered to abstain from using the Internet while he awaited trial. He pleaded guilty to a single count of “receipt of child pornography” on February 1, 2019, and was sentenced to ten years in federal prison on May 3, 2019. After a court hearing on May 6, 2019, Jones was given permission to remain under house arrest until he reported to prison on June 28, 2019. On May 14, 2019, a YouTube video was released citing evidence implicating Kevin Lyman (founder of Vans Warped Tour), Leslie West (owner of The Rave in Wisconsin) and Bryan Stars in covering up Jones’ behavior and actions.