Greymuzzle furry artist Ted Sheppard arrested, suspected of uploading child pornography
Ted Sheppard, an artist from the early days of furry fandom, was arrested last December, suspected of uploading child pornography.
In November last year, following a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, that someone in the Tucson (Arizona) area was uploading child pornography, the Tucson Police Department's Internet Crimes Against Children Unit started an investigation. This lead to a search warrant being served on Sheppard's address in Tucson, on Wednesday, December 11. The 46-year-old Sheppard was arrested, and booked into the Pima County Jail for ten counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor.
During the service of the search warrant, with assistance from the U.S. Marshals, detectives located evidence "that implicated the sole resident as the suspect involved on the uploading of child pornography," according to a news release made by Tucson Police Department spokesman Sgt. Chris Widmer. They also located a large number of weapons and numerous "potential explosive devices" inside the home, which are being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
In the furry fandom, Sheppard, also known as Shep or Nyanki, has been active since the early days of the fandom, drawing art for numerous comics and fanzines, including Furrlough, Rowrbrazzle, and Huzzah. Sheppard is a member of the Tucson Mob, and was one of the furries who expelled Mitch Beiro after his arrest for similar offenses.