Gerard Jones, a comics writer whose career includes writing Green Lantern and The Trouble with Girls, co-creating Prime for Malibu, has been arrested on suspicions of putting child pornography on YouTube, SFGate reports. Jones was arrested at a cafe after Christmas after police found more than 600 child pornography files on electronic media around his house. Charges include possession of child pornography and distributing child pornography. Jones pled not guilty at an arraignment yesterday.
The videos show sex acts between adults and children as young as 1 year old. Jones is also suspected of going to London to have sex with a minor, another report says.
Jones had no prior criminal record, according to his lawyer, and says all the claims are false.
In addition to his comics work, Jones also wrote Men of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters, and the Birth of the Comic Book, a definitive history of the early days of comics, and many other books on pop culture and comics.
Jones’s many acquaintances in comics are reacting with shock to the news tonight.
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