Gerard Jones Going to Jail for Child Porn

Gerard Jones

Gerard Jones was a well-known comic book writer for DC in the 90s, with substantial runs on Green Lantern and Justice League Europe, among others. He also created and wrote Prime for Malibu Comics and did the English adaptation for several prominent Viz manga titles, including Dragon Ball and Ranma ½. Then he moved into writing pop culture analyses, with The Comic Book Heroes (a gossipy, at times oddly personal history of superheroes and their creators), Honey, I’m Home!: Sitcoms: Selling The American Dream, Killing Monsters: Why Children Need Fantasy, Super Heroes, and Make-Believe Violence, and the well-received Men of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters, and the Birth of the Comic Book.

Now things have taken a sad turn. He was arrested in December 2016 on charges of possessing and distributing child pornography.

Gerard Jones

…a police investigation and ensuing search warrant at his residence in the 600 block of Long Bridge Street in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood turned up a host of electronic devices storing more than 600 images and videos depicting child pornography, police said…. The uploaded YouTube videos depicted a child performing sexual acts on an adult, police said. And other videos uncovered inside Jones’ home showed adults performing sexual acts on children as young as 1-year-old, police said.

He pled not guilty at first, but in April, he changed his plea to guilty, and he has now been sentenced to six years in federal prison with a following five-year period of supervised release. He will begin serving his sentence November 30, and a hearing scheduled for October will determine how much restitution he is to pay to his victims.

He was working on a new book, Nation of Faith & Flesh: The Moral War That Shaped America, whose future is now uncertain.



One comment

  • Hal Shipman

    One thing to note is that DC has cancelled at least one announced collection of Justice League because said collection would have contained Jones’ work; presumably to not have to be paying him any royalties and to avoid the PR nightmare of publishing the work of a confessed and convicted pedophile.

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