'Softpaw' artist Mizzyam arrested on child pornography charges
Furry artist Mizzyam, also known as MisterNivens and Amarimasi, has been arrested after a month-long Internet child-pornography investigation.
Known in the real world as Michael Shalapata, the 24-year-old resident of Hamilton, Ontario was taken into custody on November 1 by members of the Ontario Provincial Police Child Sexual Exploitation Unit and the Hamilton Police Service Internet Child Exploitation Unit.
Shalapata was charged with "making child pornography available and two counts of possession of child pornography". Four computers and "other items" were seized.
Mizzyam contributed to issue #4 of the erotic cub fanzine Softpaw Magazine. He also maintained an art account on Inkbunny where, the day after the arrest, a message appeared, ostensibly from his sister. The message stated that Mizzyam would:
[...] no longer be participating in online activities for an undetermined length of time. Unfortunately, I cannot tell anyone why, but something awful occurred the other day and those who are close to Mizzy and have been privy to his confessions will have a very good idea of what I'm referring to.
The account was closed later on the same day.