New Jersey comic book creator Tim Yates, aged 31, has pled guilty to the distributing thousands of images and videos depicting child pornography.
Court papers cite his title Anne Bonnie (below) which he wrote and drew for Blue Juice Comics, featuring a young heroine and that Yates travelled nationally to comic conventions to promote such work.
He also worked on other Blue Juice titles, colouring The Accelerators, and Aether & Empire, working for IDW on Jinnrise, and occasionally colouring other books such as Grimm Fairy Tales, Hack/Slash and Miracleman. Since the news broke, Blue Juice have removed reference to Annie Bonnie from their website.
Prosecutors state that they observed his computer sharing such files on a peer-to-peer network. A search warrant was obtained and the images and videos were discovered on devices belong to Yates. He was arrested in April and sentencing is scheduled for January.
The charge would require a minimum of five years in jail and a maximum of twenty, as well as a $250,000 fine.