Man who molested 2 girls sentenced to 20 years


A man who admitted to molesting at least two girls at different times since 2007 will spend up to 20 years in prison.

Charles Wesley Salsman, 32, of Brownstown, received that sentence as a part of a plea agreement approved by Jackson Circuit Judge Richard W. Poynter. That agreement calls for Salsman to plead guilty to two Class B felony counts of child molesting in exchange for the judge dismissing two additional counts of child molesting, one a Class A felony and the second a Class C felony, and two counts of intimidation, a Class D felony.

Poynter’s order calls for a 12-year prison term on each count, with two of those years to be served on supervised probation. The sentences are to be served consecutively.

Salsman was arrested in April 2014. The investigation began when a woman told police her preteen daughter had been molested by a family acquaintance. Brownstown Officer Joe Kelly said the investigation later showed Salsman had molested three girls on separate occasions, one of them twice.

On three of the four occasions, Salsman had been accused of performing or submitting to sexual intercourse or sexual deviate conduct with girls younger than 14, according to court documents. In the fourth case, he was accused of fondling or touching a girl younger than 14.

Police said the incidents involving one child are believed to have occurred between May and September 2013, while incidents involving the other two children occurred between April 2007 and June 2011.

Salsman received 395 days credit and 395 days credit time and was ordered to have no contact with any of the girls. He also was ordered to submit to a sexual offenders treatment program and an alcohol and drug abuse program for evaluation and treatment if necessary and pay the fees in both cases. He also is required to pay court costs, probation fees and a $500 public defender fee.

Salsman had been scheduled to stand trial Aug. 11.

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