Donald Carl Salois Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls on July 28, 2010, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, DONALD CARL SALOIS, a 46-year-old resident of Browning, pled guilty to failure to register as a sexual offender. Sentencing has been set for November 8, 2010. He is currently detained.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Vince Carroll, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
On October 20, 1993, SALOIS, an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Tribe, was convicted in Yellowstone County of sexual assault and therefore required to register as a sexual offender.
SALOIS was aware of his requirement to register as a sexual offender and had completed the Sexual Violent Offender Registration (SVOR) form several times over the years when he had moved to different addresses, the most current of which was on March 23, 2009, at the Glacier County Sheriff's Office.
On April 19, 2010, a Deputy U.S. Marshal (DUSM) received a report from the Glacier County Sheriff's Office that it had received information from the Browning FBI Office that SALOIS might be in violation of his registration after he was arrested on the Blackfeet Reservation and indicated that his address was in Browning, however the address he gave was not the same as his registered address.
On May 6, 2010, the DUSM spoke with the owner of the apartment who confirmed SALOIS had moved into the apartment on January 14, 2010, and was living at the apartment until his arrest on February 26, 2010. The owner of the apartment provided the DUSM with a copy of a letter and copies of the payroll deduction that was used to pay the rent for the apartment where SALOIS had been currently living.
SALOIS faces possible penalties of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and at least 5 years supervised release.
The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Marshals Service - Great Falls.
A copy of the Offer of Proof can be obtained by contacting Sally Frank at (406) 247-4638.