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Addison Resident Arrested for Possession of Child Sexual Abuse Materials

May 20, 2024

The Attorney General’s Office announced that Wentworth C. Comes, Jr., 83, of Hancock, Vermont, was arraigned today on three felony counts of Possession of Child Sexual Abuse Material and two misdemeanor counts of Possession of Child Sexual Abuse Materials. The charges brought against Mr. Comes are the result of a criminal investigation conducted by the Vermont Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (VT-ICAC), including personnel from the Attorney General’s Office, Homeland Security Investigations, Vermont State Police, and Randolph Police Department.

The investigation was initiated when VT-ICAC received three CyberTipline reports from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The tips were reported by Microsoft after an individual uploaded files of suspected child sexual abuse materials onto their cloud storage servers. Based on the criminal investigation of those tips, including the execution of a residential search warrant, Mr. Comes was identified as a suspect. During a forensic review of Mr. Comes’ laptop and SD card, officers located the suspected child sexual abuse material.

Mr. Comes pleaded not guilty at his arraignment today in Vermont Superior Court, Addison Unit, Criminal Division. The Court, Judge David Fenster presiding, ordered conditions of release which restrict Mr. Comes’ access to minors, electronic devices, 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:   Lauren Jandl, Chief of Staff, 802-828-3171