Salard sentenced to 20 years in prison

Dr. Greg Salard is escorted by U.S. Marshals as he appears in U.S. District Court in Juneau. (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)
Dr. Greg Salard is escorted by U.S. Marshals as he appears in U.S. District Court in Juneau. (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)

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Former Wrangell doctor Greg Salard was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in prison for receipt and distribution of child pornography.

Salard, 54, will also have a lifetime of supervised release after prison and a $25,000 fine. He was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Juneau.

A jury found Salard guilty last summer after a forensic examination of his laptop revealed evidence of hundreds of child pornography files.

At the sentencing hearing, Chief U.S. District Judge Timothy Burgess focused on the “sophisticated way” Salard obtained and hid the illegal material.

The sentence of 20 years with a lifetime of supervised release was recommended by federal prosecutors ahead of the hearing.

The possible sentence for each count is five to 20 years in prison, followed by supervised release for three years to life. The combined maximum sentence for Salard could have been 40 years in prison.

Salard has been at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center since his arrest in October 2014.

Salard was employed as a family doctor by Alaska Island Community Services and served under a contract with Wrangell Medical Center, the community’s hospital. Both organizations suspended Salard’s medical privileges after he was arrested. In the weeks following the arrest, Salard surrendered his Alaska medical license and lost his job at AICS.