Michael Shalapata was arrested on November 1, 2012, by the Ontario Provincial Police Child Sexual Exploitation Unit and the Hamilton Police Service Internet Child Exploitation Unit. He was charged with making child pornography available, and two counts of possession of child pornography. The arrest came after a month-long Internet child pornography investigation. Four computers and other items were seized.
His Mizzyam Inkbunny account was closed on the evening of November 2. Prior to being taken offline, A person under the name ZoeKitty, claiming to be his sister, informed informed users accessing his account that:
|Mizzy will no longer be participating in online activities for an undetermined length of time. I cannot tell anyone why|
She also stated that:
|He has been suffering for a long time with depression and a debilitating self-destructive streak. This whole CP fiasco is just one more way he has devised to destroy his life, and I'm afraid he may have succeeded this time. We are working hard to clear his name and get him the help he needs to get his life back on track.|
- Mizzyam's name's Inkbunny on his Spottedbunny.com website via the Internet Wayback Machine. Retrieved ?.
- News post about Softpaw artist Mizzyam (MisterNivens) arrest on Caring Four Our Children Foundation website. Posted November 3, 2012. Retrieved May 12, 2012.
- Softpaw' artist Mizzyam arrested on child pornography charges - Higgs Raccoon on Flayrah. Posted November 3, 2012. Retrieved ?.
- Child porn probe nabs east end man news post on TheSpec.com website. Posted November 1, 2012. Retrieved November 2, 2012.
- Softpaw Magazine Issue #4 page on Rabbit Valley. Retrieved May 13, 2012.
- Softpaw contributer arrested(?) post on Vivisector.org. Posted November 3, 2012. Retrieved May 12, 2012.
- Mizzyan's sister ZoeKitty message on Mizzyan's Inkbunny account. Posted ?. Retrieved November 2, 2012.
- Spottedbunny.com - Mizzyam's official homepage (retrieved via the Internet Wayback Machine)
- Benji Squirrel on Fur Affinity
- Mizzyam and Benji Squirrel on Inkbunny
- Amarimasi on Fur Affinity
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