Coarsegold man faces 195 years for child molestation

James Salsgiver Sr., 59, of Coarsegold, was convicted of nine counts of child molestation with the special allegation of habitual sexual offender found true. He will face 195 years to life in prison when sentenced, scheduled for Oct. 8 in Madera Superior Court, Dept. 21. The case was tried by Senior Deputy District Attorney Traci Wise.

According to Madera County District Attorney David Linn, evidence showed the defendant molested his 8-year-old grandson during a nine month period from August, 2009 to June, 2010. The victim reported the abuse to a school employee after Salsgiver visited the boy’s home in Utah, where more acts of molestation were committed in late 2011 and early 2012.

Another of Salsgiver’s victims testified in trial about incidents of molestation that he committed upon her in 2005 when she was 8-years-old.

Salsgiver’s sentence comes from convictions on nine counts - three counts of sodomy at 25 years to life each - three counts of oral copulation at 15 years to life each - and three counts of, with special allegation, habitual sexual offender found true at 25 to life each.

“The convictions in this case were dependent upon the victim’s tremendous courage throughout the entire prosecution process, the thorough investigation conducted by investigating officer, Madera County Sheriff’s Deputy Jack Williamson, and computer forensics conducted by Lt. Tyson Pogue of the department, which revealed information corroborating the victim’s allegations of sexual abuse,” Linn said.

Linn added that invaluable support was provided to the victims by Community Action Partnership of Madera County, Victim Services.

“Traci (Wise) and the office did a wonderful job on this case,” Linn said. “This is another example of our goal to actively pursue justice throughout all of Madera County.”