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Wrangell doctor’s trial delayed until May

The jury trial of Wrangell doctor Greg Salard, accused of possessing and distributing child pornography, has been delayed another three months.

Salard’s defense attorney Monday asked for a delay until May 27 after the trial was initially delayed until the end of February. Assistant Federal Defender Cara McNamara requested more time to prepare her defense.

The trial will be held at the U.S. District Court in Juneau and is estimated to last about one week.

Salard is facing two federal felony charges for possession and distribution of child pornography. He has been held at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center since his October arrest.

Salard was one of four medical providers in Wrangell. He 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 at his home.

In the weeks following the arrest, Salard surrendered his Alaska medical license and lost his job at AICS.

 

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