YouTuber & Musician Austin Jones Released From Jail; Banned From Using The Internet
A few days ago we reported on YouTube sensation and singer Austin Jones who is most known for his covers of popular alternative songs. Jones was taken into federal custody Tuesday after being charged for allegedly using his personal Facebook account and iMessage to “ask teenage girls to make sexually explicit videos and send them to him.”
As reported by The Chicago Tribune, Jones had been arrested while in his Chicago home and will face a total of two felony counts of production of child pornography. If convicted, Jones was set to face a count of a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 yearsin jail.
The Chicago Tribune also reported that in one occasion, Jones had a chat as recently as last month with the victim. Jones allegedly told one of the victim’s to dance in a “sexually suggestive manner” and “make it clap super loud and talk about your age the whole time,” according to the complaint.
Jones had remained in federal custody until he had his court hearing on Wednesday. Following this, prosecutors had also stated that he is a “risk to the community” and “there’s a danger he’ll flee.”
Now, Billboard has reported that Austin Jones has officially been released on bail and ordered to “stay off the internet and to remain in his mother’s suburban Chicago home.” He was allegedly charged with two counts of production of child pornography and released on $100,000 bond, and has been ordered to remain in his mother’s home in Chicago 24-hours a day.
According to the Chicago Sun Times, the YouTuber and singer’s mother, who attended the hearing, will act as his third-party custodian.
During the hearing Jones’ mother reportedly exchanged multiple glances Jones as the hearing progressed. During the hearing, the judge allegedly also had to tell Jones to stand closer to his mother so he could be heard by a microphone.
Jones’ lawyer refused to comment on the hearing when he left the courtroom.