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Sheriff: Ex-psychologist facing porn trial, wife suicide victims

BAY MINETTE (AP) — A former psychologist facing trial Oct. 29 in Huntsville on child pornography charges and his wife have been identified as suicide victims on the Alabama Gulf Coast.

Baldwin County sheriff’s spokesman Anthony Lowery said 59-year-old Michael Stephen Cometa and 45-year-old Keri Cometa, of Trenton, Ga., died Friday of self-inflicted gunshot wounds at a vacation house along Fort Morgan Road.

The sheriff’s office said suicide notes were found inside a Jeep Grand Cherokee parked near the bodies. Investigators found two shotguns at the scene.

Cometa’s attorney, Larry Morgan, said his client had failed to appear for an arraignment hearing in Madison County Circuit Court. Cometa was accused of videotaping a nude 16-year-old girl in his office, the attorney said.

Court records show that Cometa was indicted in 2004 on six counts of producing child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography.

In March, after a bank foreclosed on Cometa’s Huntsville home and he filed for bankruptcy, the couple moved to Georgia, his attorney said. He said Cometa did not renew his license to practice psychology and was “very remorseful and very contrite” over the charges he faced.

On the Web site www.ther
apistratings.com, where people can anonymously review therapists, three comments were about Cometa. One was positive.

Another, posted by a 21-year-old named Courtney from Huntsville, said she started seeing Cometa when she was 16.

“He kept telling me I should be a model,” Courtney wrote.

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