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Stephen Comstock Imprisoned for Possessing Child Pornography

February 23, 2012

Burlington, VT – The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of
Vermont announced that Stephen Comstock, 54, of Springfield, was sentenced today in United States District Court in Rutland to 34 months of imprisonment following his guilty plea to a charge that he possessed child pornography. Chief U.S. District Judge Christina Reiss ordered that Comstock serve a seven-year term of supervised release following completion of his prison term. Comstock was ordered to surrender to the Bureau of Prisons on April 10 to begin serving his sentence.

On June 2, 2011, a federal grand jury in Burlington returned a two-count indictment charging Comstock with transporting and possessing child pornography. The transportation count alleged that in December 2009, Comstock sent images of child pornography to another individual via computer. According to court records, Los Angeles agents with the United States Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (now Homeland Security Investigations) learned of Comstock's activities while monitoring a website where users were known to traffic in child pornography. In December 2010, ICE agents in Vermont executed a search warrant at Comstock's home and seized computers which were found to contain thousands of images of child pornography.

Comstock is represented by Federal Public Defender Michael Desautels. The prosecutor is Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory Waples.

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