March 15, 2013

Salyer sentenced to life in prison for child sex crimes

Rachel Brown

— Monte Gale Salyer was sentenced to life in prison this morning after a jury found him guilty Thursday of sex crimes against three children, including an 8-year-old relative.

Judge Cindy Morris sentenced the former Dalton State College professor in Whitfield County Superior Court after reading impact statements from the victims and listening to their parents and step-parents testify about how Salyer’s actions ripped apart their lives and damaged their relationships.

He was found guilty of child molestation with the 8-year-old. The jury also convicted him of three counts of child molestation, two counts of aggravated child molestation, one count of rape and one count of statutory rape against a now-17-year-old girl he met at church. He was convicted of rape and two counts of child molestation against a now-21-year-old woman he met through the same church.

Salyer declined to make a statement before sentencing. Defense attorney Jim Meaney said it hasn’t been decided whether his client will appeal, but he has 30 days to notify the courts if he plans to do so.

Morris sentenced Salyer to life in prison on several of the charges and 20 years in prison on others. District Attorney Bert Poston said the “practical effect” of the sentence is still 30 years in prison before Salyer could become eligible for parole.

By then, he would be 89.

Read tomorrow’s Daily Citizen for a full report.