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February 11, 2012

Accused DSC professor free on bond

A Dalton State College professor charged with multiple child sex crimes is free after bonding out of the Whitfield County Jail for the second time this month.

Superior Court Judge William Boyett granted a $30,000 bond on the new charges for Monte Salyer, 58, during his first appearance hearing Friday morning. Boyett set additional bond conditions, including restrictions on Salyer being in the presence of children younger than 18 and “other vulnerable individuals.” He is also not allowed on any public or private school property.

Salyer was not represented by an attorney.

“The next step in the process will involve the charges being presented to the Whitfield County Grand Jury, which may occur in March,” District Attorney Bert Poston said.

Salyer, of 3010 Marran Drive in Rocky Face, was charged Wednesday with two counts of aggravated child molestation, enticing a child for indecent purposes, two counts of aggravated sodomy and two counts of statutory rape. Last week, he was charged with one count of child molestation. He posted $15,000 bond on the first warrant.

A sheriff’s office investigation found Salyer allegedly molested an 8-year-old relative and two other children he befriended at church.

Salyer is an associate professor of English and English as a Second Language. He is on leave from teaching “in accordance with Board of Regents policy of the University System of Georgia,” according to DSC President John Schwenn. He is currently not allowed on campus and his classes are being covered by DSC faculty members, Schwenn said.

Salyer has a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in English from Andrews University in Michigan, according to his DSC faculty webpage. He has a doctorate in English and applied linguistics from Michigan State University.

He was hired in 1998 and has an annual salary of $45,577.

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