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Josue RiveraJosue Rivera, 38, who works under the name Justiniano has been arrested in Connecticut and charged with first degree possession of child pornography.  The charges stem after he lent a funeral home a thumb drive with the images on it.  Rivera was to provide a slide show for a recently deceased friend, instead the funeral home employees found the images on July 16 and reported it to police.  One on the images is believed to be Rivera’s niece.

135 more images were found on Rivera’s home computer in addition to the 33 images on the thumb drive.  The Child Recognition and Identification System has identified 35 children in the files.

Under the name Justiniano, Rivera has done work for DC comics and Chaos, including a Doctor Fate mini-series, 52 and Reign in Hell, Countdown to Mystery, Day of Vengeance, and The Creeper.  He was to appear at this month’s Big Apple Comic Con.  I’m going out on a limb and guessing he won’t be present.

Rivera is being held on a $100,000 bond.