One of the ugliest comics related stories of recent years reached a resolution with artist Josue “Justiniano” Rivera’s sentencing to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to a second degree charge of child pornography. Rivera was apprehended after giving a thumb drive containing pornographic images to a funeral home—Rivera meant to turn in images of his his recently deceased father. The linked to local paper story has the relevant legal details but erroneously states Rivera created the Creeper. He did draw the series for DC, as well as Doctor Fate and several other books for DC and Chaos Comics.
Rivera claimed that he had looked at the images out of boredom, but one included the face of his own 10-year-old niece superimposed on a picture of a sex act. Asked for a statement at the sentencing he said only, “I think I’m good. “
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