February 9, 2012

DSC professor charged with more child sex abuse counts

From Staff Reports

— A tenured Dalton State College professor who was charged with one count of child molestation last week had additional child sex charges related to other victims added on Wednesday, according to the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office.

Monte Gale Salyer, 58, of 3010 Marran Drive in Rocky Face, was charged with two counts of aggravated child molestation, enticing a child for indecent purposes, two counts of aggravated sodomy and two counts of statutory rape.

Salyer, who was released from the Whitfield County jail on a $15,000 bond on the initial charge of Jan. 27, was denied bond for the latest charges during a first appearance Magistrate Court hearing Wednesday afternoon. Capt. Rick Swiney said he was arrested the second time “without incident.”

Salyer is an associate professor of English and English as a Second Language.

“This current arrest on additional child sexual abuse charges is the result of investigators confirming two additional females had been victimized by the suspect during their childhood,” Sheriff Scott Chitwood said. “On Jan. 27, Salyer was previously arrested after an investigation revealed he had been improperly touching and fondling an 8-year-old relative. This disclosure was made by the child to her parents after suspicions of inappropriate touching arose and a medical examination was conducted. During the investigation of this incident we developed information that at least two more females may have been previously victimized by this same suspect. Both of these new victims were located and confirmed they had been sexually abused by Salyer during their early teen years.”

One of the additional victims, now 16 and living in Tennessee, was located and interviewed, a release stated.

“She confirmed she had encountered sexual abuse from the suspect on a regular basis during her early childhood after her family was befriended by him at their church and he offered to assist in her education,” Chitwood revealed.  

A third victim, now 20 and living in Orlando, Fla., was located and interviewed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, which is similar to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

“She also confirmed she and her family had been befriended by Monte Salyer at their church when they lived in the Dalton area,” Chitwood said. “When she was around 11 or 12 years old he offered and provided some educational assistance for her. She also confirmed that from that time until she was 15 years old she was sexually abused by Monte Salyer on a regular basis.”

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the district attorney’s office in Whitfield County assisted in the investigation.

Pam Partain, the public relations representative for the college, said the new charges do not change Salyer’s status with the college.

“Dr. Salyer remains on paid administrative leave and is still not allowed on campus,” she said, adding that no student at the college has filed complaints against Salyer for inappropriate behavior.