BOISE -- A Meridian Middle School counselor charged with 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a child made his first court appearance Monday.
Ada County deputy prosecutor Dan Peterson said officers had information that 45-year-old Mark Saltzer was a member of an online group that traded and produced child pornography. When officers searched his home, they found multiple computers containing hundreds of pornographic files. Those files contained images of young males and females including small children. Peterson says Saltzer admitted to officers that he had over a terabyte of porn, as well as some he produced himself.
Peterson told the judge that officers found a young boy in the home while they conducted their search. In an interview, the boy said Saltzer had abused him multiple times over the past few months. The boy also indicated to the officers that he may know more children that were abused by Saltzer. Peterson told the judge he isn't sure if there will be additional charges at this point.
Judge Thomas Watkins set bail at $1 million. Saltzer is to wear a GPS monitoring device if he bonds out and is not allowed to have contact with anyone under the age of 18.
The Meridian School District says that Saltzer is now on administrative leave, pending the investigation.
If found guilty, the maximum sentence for each county of sexual exploitation of a child ranges from 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine to 30 years in prison and a $50,000 fine (depending on the nature of the crime).
Saltzer is scheduled to be in court for a preliminary hearing on Sept. 10.