A well-known cartoonist for the New Yorker was arrested Wednesday, charged with possession of child pornography, police said. Danny Shanahan, 64, was arrested Wednesday at his Hudson Valley home in Rhinebeck, N.Y., according to a state police news release.
Shanahan, a longtime contributor for the publication whose work last appeared in February, was charged with felony possession of a sexual performance by a child. He was ordered to appear in court on Jan. 20.
In a (West Orange, N.Y.) Daily Voice story, a police officer said material was found on Shanahan’s computer during the execution of a search warrant. State police declined to provide additional information, saying the incident was still under investigation.
Earlier this year, Shanahan’s son, Render Stetson-Shanahan, faced murder charges in the brutal stabbing death of his college roommate, Carolyn Bush, a fellow Bard College graduate. The story made national headlines in 2017 because the Rhinebeck High School graduate was the son of the famous cartoonist. Stetson-Shanahan was found guilty of manslaughter following a jury trial.
On his biography page from “A Case for Pencils,” Shanahan wrote: “I’ve been cartooning for over 30 years. I started, back in the 80s, as the unofficial cartoonist for the United States Tennis Association, thanks to a good friend who was an editor for World Tennis magazine.“
Since 1988, Shanahan has crafted more than 1,000 cartoons for the New Yorker. His work has appeared in such publications as Time, Newsweek, New York, Fortune, Playboy, Esquire, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Chicago Tribune. He has authored several books, including “Innocent Your Honor, a Book of Lawyer Cartoons.”