Wrangell doctor arrested on child porn charges

A Wrangell doctor was arrested following allegations of distribution and possession of child pornography.

Dr. Greg Salard served as chief of staff at the Wrangell Medical Center. He's been charged with distribution and possession of child pornography. (Photo from the Alaska Island Community Services website.)
Dr. Greg Salard served as chief of staff at the Wrangell Medical Center. He’s been charged with distribution and possession of child pornography. (Photo from the Alaska Island Community Services website.)

Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation served a search warrant Wednesday at the home of Greg Salard.

FBI Special Agent Anthony Peterson states in an affidavit that he obtained a search warrant for Salard’s residence after monitoring an IP address linked to Salard. Peterson alleges Salard was making child pornography available to others through a file-sharing network. Peterson also alleges he found a laptop in Salard’s home that contained images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

FBI investigators do not allege that Salard produced child pornography or sexually abused minors.

Salard is employed as a family doctor by Alaska Island Community Services and serves under a contract with Wrangell Medical Center.

The Wrangell Medical Center Board of Directors prevented him from practicing at the hospital in 2011. Salard was reinstated at Wrangell Medical Center in 2013 following court action and controversy in the community.

The full Criminal Complaint from the U.S. District Court, District of Alaska, is linked here. It contains graphic details.

Editor’s note: In 2013, the Wrangell Sentinel reported that Dr. Salard served as a juror in a court case that convicted a Wrangell man of sexually abusing an 8-year-old. In 2012, Dr. Salard and his wife Laura, a registered nurse, sued a fellow Wrangell resident for defamation; the defendant had wrote in a private Facebook message that Dr. Salard was banned by a court from seeing certain children. The case was dismissed

Dr. Salard lost his privileges at Wrangell’s city-operated hospital  in November 2011 for reasons not revealed by the hospital’s board, KSTK reported; his privileges were eventually reinstated and Dr. Salard became chief of staff at the Wrangell hospital several months later. 

KSTK reported a story in 2011 about Dr. Greg Salard and his wife Laura, a registered nurse, traveling to Uganda to adopt two young girls. The Wrangell Sentinel reported in 2012 that he’d been appointed to the State of Alaska’s Medicaid’s Drug Utilization Review committee.

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