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Connecticut-based cartoonist Josue Rivera, who works under the pen name Justiniano, has been arrested and charged with first degree possession of child pornography after a thumb drive he supplied to a funeral home was found to have images of child porn on it.
Rivera, 38, had apparently meant to supply a slide show of a recently deceased friend that would be played at a funeral. Instead, workers were shocked to find child porn — including an image that is believed to be Rivera’s niece — on the thumb drive.
Authorities found more illegal images on Rivera’s home computer, finding 135 files of suspected child pornography. The Child Recognition and Identification System has identified 35 children in the files.
Under the name Justiniano, Rivera has worked on books from DC and Chaos, including a Doctor Fate mini-series, 52 and REIGN IN HELL. He was slated to be a guest at this month’s Big Apple Con.
That probably won’t happen now; Rivera is being held on $100,000 bond.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.