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Fairfax Resident Arrested for Luring Children

May 9, 2024

The Attorney General’s Office announced that Nicholas Badger, 20, of Fairfax, Vermont, was arraigned today on four felony counts of Luring a Child, and one felony count of Use of a Child in a Sexual Performance. The charges brought against the defendant are the result of a criminal investigation, conducted by the Vermont Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (VT-ICAC) and the Essex Police Department, and including personnel from the Attorney General’s Office and Homeland Security Investigations.

The investigation began when Essex Police Department received a report from concerned parents that a male claiming he was 18 years old was engaging in sexual conversations via social media with their 14-year-old daughter. Further investigation by VT-ICAC and a forensic examination of Mr. Badger’s phone revealed that he was engaging in sexually explicit conversations with multiple minors under 16 years of age, sending them explicit photos and videos, and requesting sexual encounters with them. Investigation to identify and interview the children involved is ongoing.

Mr. Badger pleaded not guilty at the arraignment today in Vermont Superior Court, Franklin Criminal Division. The Court, Hon. Allison Arms presiding, ordered a $10,000 unsecured appearance bond and conditions of release that restrict Mr. Badger’s access to minors and the internet.

VT-ICAC investigates cases of child sexual exploitation occurring over the internet, including the production and online distribution of child sexual abuse materials. VT-ICAC also provides forensic examination services, technical assistance, law enforcement training, and public education and outreach.

Every child deserves a safe childhood. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) is the nation’s centralized reporting system for the online exploitation of children. Anyone can make reports of suspected online enticement of children for sexual acts, child sexual molestation, child sexual abuse material, child sex tourism, child sex trafficking, unsolicited obscene materials sent to a child, misleading domain names, and misleading words or digital images on the internet. To make a report, call the 24-hour call center at 1-800-843-5678 or visit

Additionally, if you are recovering from child sexual exploitation, you do not have to navigate it alone. NCMEC can help with emotional and peer support, removing content from the internet, and locating mental health professionals. For more information, please visit or call the 24-hour call center at 1-800-843-5678.

The Attorney General’s Office emphasizes that individuals charged with a crime are legally presumed innocent until their guilt is proven beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


CONTACT:   Amelia Vath, Outreach and Communications Coordinator, 802-828-3171