Dr. Greg Salard who worked as a family doctor, treating adults and children, by Alaska Island Community Services and served under a contract with Wrangell Medical Center, in the Southeast city of Wrangell was charged with possessing and distributing child pornography. The FBI say that he distributed or made available online over 100 files containing pictures and video of suspected child rape and abuse. Salard, 53, is a former Air Force security police officer who practices family medicine for Alaska Island Community Service.
An undercover FBI investigation on online child pornography traffic from Juneau led the FBI agent to discovery of illegal images that were being made available for others to download from Salard’s Alienware gaming computer. Authorities tracked the computer using the doctor’s IP address.
Investigators requested and received a search warrant for the Salard residence. Investigators waited for Salard’s wife to leave the residence while Salard stayed back house, alone. A few minutes after she left, the agents noted spike in his Internet activity, and noted that he signed on to the peer-to-peer network and began sharing files showing sex scenes with prepubescent children.
The investigators waited for 10 minutes and then knocked on Salard’s door to serve the warrant. The officers knew that Salard had a motion sensor detector at the end of his driveway.
Salard took an additional eight minutes to answer the door. The investigators reported that Salard initially didn’t answer the door, but later met them at the door on a second attempt after he told them that he would meet them there in a few minutes.
The agents noted that Salard was cooperative though he seemed nervous and was sweating profusely.
On examination of the computer the officers found that a software program called CCleaner was wiping files off of Salard’s custom Alienware laptop. On checking the laptop, they found Illegal images labeled with the doctor’s name and on a hard drive at the home.
It was assumed that Salard used those eight minutes before letting the officers in to wipe the files from his computer. He was successful in wiping 35% of the files before the officers were able to halt the program.
Later a forensic computer examiner recovered the partially erased files from Salard’s computer and evidence that revealed that the files had been viewed on the computer. Forensic computer evidence showed that Salard had downloaded several hundred files from P2P networks in 2014. There was also evidence of Salard trying to delete evidence of his illegal activities but was found by a computer examiner.
A complaint was filed in federal court with charges against Salard for owning and providing others with child pornography. He was later held at a Juneau jail.
A jury trial for Salard started on Jan. 5.
Dr. Greg Salard appeared in court for his arraignment in Juneau, dressed in orange prison garb, slip-on sneakers and leg shackles. Cara McNamara, who is his federal defense attorney, entered his not guilty plea for him. All Salard said was ‘Yes ma’am’ in response to the magistrate judge’s routine questions.
Salard was later indicted by a grand jury on two counts of sexual exploitation of a child; one for alleged distribution of child pornography and the other for the alleged possession of child pornography.
In May, federal investigators started tracking Salard as he used his computer and a P2P network to trade sexually explicit photos and videos of children.
Salard is one of four medical providers in town in Wrangell. Both Alaska Island Community Services and Wrangell Medical Center where he worked since 2009 have suspended Salard’s medical privileges after the arrest. In 2011, Salard’s medical privileges at the center were suspended and re-instatement in 2013 after a prior court action.
The State Medical Board also reported that Salard “voluntarily surrendered” his license to practice medicine
Things got worse when Salard was served with an arrest warrant as a fugitive, there was an outstanding arrest warrant in the state of Louisiana, for the charge of Aggravated Rape. He was served the warrant at Lemon Creek Correctional Center where he has been incarcerated.
If convicted, Salard could face up to ten years in prison on the possession charge, and a fine of up to $250,000.
A third child porn charge was added to Salard’s two charges, he was charged with receiving the illegal material as well. This additional charge for receiving child pornography could increases the amount of jail time by five years.
The receipt charge alleges that Salard received 11 files which showed children being sexually exploited. Though his attorney Salard pleaded not guilty to the new.
Federal prosecutors told the jury that there was no way of disguising with words the kind of pornography the doctor searched for on his personal laptop computer while being investigated by undercover federal agents last year.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Leslie Fischer said that from Greg Alan Salard’s computer, the FBI seized “hundreds of files” of children being sexually exploited and they included videos of toddlers being molested by adult men to minor children being forced to perform sex acts.
In opening statement during first day of trial, Assistant Federal Public Defender Cara MacNamara, Salard’s attorney, shot back that the allegations were false and that her client was living a nightmare from the second that the federal agents knocked on his door and held up a search warrant. She added that ‘I am from the government, trust me,’ had become the seven scariest words in the English language.
Post his arrested in Wrangell, the state of Louisiana re-opened an old sexual assault case against him and charged him with aggravated rape for allegedly sexually abusing a child sometime between 2004 and 2007. He would face extradition there once this jury reaches a verdict.
Prosecutor Fischer stated that an Alaska-based FBI Special Agent, Anthony Peterson, discovered a computer in Wrangell that was sharing child pornography on a peer-to-peer file sharing network called Ares. The following month, the special agent, Anthony Peterson, downloaded a 13 second portion of a “pre-teen hard-core” video that the same computer was sharing. Peterson obtained a subpoena and learned that the computer was registered and belonged to Salard.
Fischer later testified that Salard used the eight minutes that he took to answer the door to erase files, but law enforcement was still able to find child pornography on the computer.
Moments before the officers entered his house, Attorney Leslie Fischer said Peterson again logged into Ares and discovered that Salard’s computer had just made another child pornography video available to share to other Ares users
public defender MacNamara shot back telling that it was nonsense since hundreds of thousands of people across the country use CCleaner aiming at improving efficiency of their computers. She further noted that doctors especially have “sensitive materials” on their computers that need to be cleaned and it was not something out of the ordinary.
MacNamara said the evidence showed that Salard did not actually have any child pornography on his computer and blamed the “inexperienced” FBI agent for misinterpreted what was going on with the Ares which is an automated computer program.
MacNamara hinted that Salard did not realize that he was sharing porn and the government could not prove he had possession of any illegal materials and that he is not guilty
The prosecutors’ first witness was Giuseepe “Jospeh” Versace. He showed the jury how the software works and how one could download the program for free from the Internet and access books, music and movies, but also in this case illegal material like child pornography. Versace who is a computer programmer and analyst employed by Ottawa Provincial Police created a modified version of Ares for law enforcement officers to use in child pornography investigations.
Following a six-day trial, The U.S. Justice Department sentenced Greg Alan Salard to 20 years in federal prison for child pornography distribution charges.
Chief U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Burgess At sentencing, focused on the defendant’s serious conduct and the fact that Salard was astute and refined in how he obtained the material, stored it, placing them into files where no one could find and his sophistication to alter the default features of the file sharing program were not an unintentional step and made matters more serious.
Judge Burgess added that Salard showed no guilt or remorse to acknowledgement or come to terms with the fact that he committed a crime showing there was no assure him that Salard would not engage in child exploitation crimes again in the future. Salard was sentenced 20-year sentence, along with a lifetime of supervised release and a $25,000 fine.
Salard would be extradited to Louisiana where he faces further charges of aggravated rape in Caddo Parish where he stands accused of committing oral intercourse with a child under the age of 13.