Madera County District Attorney, David A. Linn, announced today that James
Salsgiver Sr., 59, of Coarsegold was convicted of 9 counts of child molestation, with the special
allegation of habitual sexual offender found true.
The case was tried by Senior Deputy District Attorney Traci Wise. The evidence in this case
showed that the defendant molested his 8 year old grandson during a 9 month period from August
2009 to June 2010. The victim reported the abuse to a school employee after Mr. Salsgiver visited
his home in Utah, where more acts of molestation were committed in late 2011 and early 2012.
Another of Mr. Salsgiver’s victims testified in trial about incidents of molestation that he
committed upon her in 2005 when she was 8 years old.
Mr. Salsgiver’s exposure is 195 years to life for convictions on 9 counts; 3 counts of 288.7(a)
sodomy at 25 years to life each, 3 counts of 288.7(b) oral copulation at 15 years to life each, and 3
counts of 288(a) with special allegation of 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, Deputy
Jack Williamson, of the Madera County Sheriff’s Department; and computer forensics conducted
by Lt. Tyson Pogue of the Madera County Sheriff’s Department, which revealed information
corroborating the victim’s allegations of sexual abuse. Invaluable support was provided to the
victims by Community Action Partnership of Madera County, Victim Services.
DA Linn stated, "Traci and the office did a wonderful job on this case. This is another example of
our goal to actively pursue justice throughout all of Madera County."
Sentencing is scheduled for October 8th in Madera Superior Court, Department 21.