Author and comics writer Gerard Jones was sentenced Tuesday to six years in prison for possession and distribution of child pornography.
Best known for his acclaimed 2004 book Men of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters and the Birth of the Comic Book, Jones was arrested in December 2016 following a police investigation and a search of his San Francisco home that uncovered electronic devices containing tens of thousands of images and hundreds of videos containing child pornography.
Although Jones, 60, initially pleaded not guilty to the charges, he changed that plea in April, and in doing so admitted that he had uploaded a video containing child pornography to a private social-media channel. San Francisco police were tipped off to the video in September 2016, leading to the investigation, search and subsequent arrest.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California, Jones was also sentenced to five years of supervised released, and was ordered to pay $10,200. A hearing is scheduled for Oct. 4 to determine the amount of restitution Jones must pay to his victims. He will begin serving his prison sentence on Nov. 30.
Jones worked for more than a decade as a comic writer, co-creating Prime and The Trouble with Girls at Malibu, and El Diablo at DC, and penning such titles as Green Lantern, Justice League and Hulk 2099. However, he’s become better known for his Eisner Award-winning book on comics history, Men of Tomorrow, and on violent entertainment, Killing Monsters: Why Children Need Fantasy, Super Heroes, and Make-Believe Violence.