Former school counselor sentenced to 360 months in prison for child exploitation
Mark Alan Saltzer, 46, of Boise Idaho, has been sentenced to 360 months in prison in United States District Court. Saltzer pleaded guilty in July 2013 to sexual exploitation of children by producing sexually explicit images of minors. In his plea agreement, Saltzer admitted producing sexually explicit videos of 11 different minors between April 2006 and April 2012.
Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill also ordered Saltzer to be on supervised release for 20 years and pay a $10,000 fine. Prior to sentencing, Saltzer paid $50,000 in lieu of forfeiting his home, where the offense occurred.
When federal investigators served the warrant on Saltzer, two underage boys were at his home at the time. Saltzer admitted to repeatedly sexually molesting one of the youths at his home beginning in the summer of 2012. It was disclosed during the sentencing proceedings that Saltzer was aware that the youth was a previous victim of sexual abuse and was at high risk to become victimized again.
Saltzer met the boy while he was a counselor at Meridian Middle School. In addition, Saltzer worked as a counselor in the Marsing and Caldwell school districts, and also as a counselor for sex offenders and victims of abuse at the Idaho Youth Ranch and at a treatment program in Ontario, Oregon.
The investigation began after the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Toronto Police Services in Canada looked into private internet group which members communicated with one another about their shared sexual interest in young boys, and to exchange child pornography. Members of the group regularly traded child pornography files with other group members.
Saltzer used webcams and chat rooms to encourage young boys to perform sexual acts and recorded the acts. He then distributed the videos worldwide.
“Those who victimize children by producing and distributing images of children being sexually abused will be identified, investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” said Olson. “When it comes to crimes that target society’s most vulnerable members, we will not let boundaries or agency affiliation interfere with the work that must be done. Mr. Saltzer’s prison sentence sends the strong message that local, state, federal and international law enforcement agencies will work together in an efficient and coordinated manner to bring these predators to justice.”