Timothy McDarrah

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Timothy McDarrah
Born Timothy Swann McDarrah
1962 (age 54–55)
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Occupation Gossip columnist, magazine editor
Criminal charge Soliciting sex with a minor
Criminal penalty 72 months
Criminal status released
Parent(s) Fred McDarrah (father) Gloria Swann McDarrah (mother)]

Timothy McDarrah (born 1962 as Timothy Swann McDarrah) is a former magazine editor and gossip columnist from New York City who was convicted and imprisoned after a U.S. federal sting operation for soliciting sex with a minor in September 2005.[1]


Before his arrest, he co-authored three books -- Kerouac and Friends: A Beat Generation Album, Gay Pride: Photographs from Stonewall to Today, and Anarchy, Protest & Rebellion—with his father, Fred McDarrah, a longtime staff photographer for the The Village Voice.[2]

From 2002 to 2004, he wrote a gossip column for the Las Vegas Sun newspaper titled "VegasBeat." Before going to the Sun, he had been a writer since 1985 for the New York Post's "Page Six" column and a writer for a chain of community newspapers in Long Island, New York.[3] McDarrah left the Sun to take a position as editor of the "Hot Stuff" column for Us Weekly. He was suspended without pay from that job after his 2005 arrest.[4]


McDarrah was arrested after an investigation by the FBI Crimes Against Children Squad in New York in June 2005 on charges related to solicitation of sex with a 13-year-old. His attorney blamed his client's conduct on an Internet addiction.[5]


The criminal case was heavily covered by the national media, including entertainment news outlets, because McDarrah, a high-profile gossip writer, had himself become the subject of entertainment news he would typically cover.[6]

He was convicted in December 2006 of one count of attempted enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity after an eight-day jury trial. He was sentenced in April 2007, at age 43, in Manhattan federal court to 72 months in a federal prison for the attempted enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity.[7] He was a Federal inmate at the Loretto Federal Correctional Institution in Pennsylvania. McDarrah was released from prison on March 23, 2012, at age 50, to begin serving a four-year supervised release.[8][9]

After his release, McDarrah returned to New York.[10]


  1. ^ "Former magazine editor sentenced for U.S. sex crime". Reuters. 2007-04-20. Retrieved 2010-02-06. 
  2. ^ "Timothy S McDarrah Books (Used, New, Out-of-Print)". Alibris. Retrieved 2010-02-06. 
  3. ^ Brozan, Nadine (1993-12-21). "Chronicle". NYTimes.com. Retrieved 2010-02-06. 
  4. ^ "Former 'Us Weekly' editor convicted on sex charge". Usatoday.Com. 2006-12-28. Retrieved 2010-02-06. 
  5. ^ "Former Post editor sentenced in child sex sting," New York Daily News, April 20, 2007
  6. ^ "‘Us Weekly’ Staffer Timothy McDarrah Arrested". Gawker.com. Retrieved 2012-10-02. 
  7. ^ "McDarrah Sentence" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-02-06. 
  8. ^ "Federal Bureau of Prisons". Bop.gov. Retrieved 2010-02-06. 
  9. ^    (2006-12-28). "abc13.com: Latest entertainment and celebrity news from KTRK 12/28/06". Abclocal.go.com. Retrieved 2010-02-06. 
  10. ^ Would-Be Child Molester Campaigns For His ‘Friend’ Tom Allon’s Mayoral Bid | Politicker

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