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Former Fort Eustis Soldier Sentenced to 30 Years for Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Virginia

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Daniel Joseph Salgat, 39, of Bay City, Michigan, a former Army soldier stationed at Fort Eustis, was sentenced today to 30 years in prison for production of child pornography. Salgat was also sentenced to a lifetime of supervised release and ordered to pay $1,202.58 to a victim of his crimes.

Salgat pleaded guilty on July 14, 2016. According to court documents, Salgat portrayed himself on-line as a young female in order to obtain images and videos of other young females. In several cases, Slagat blackmailed and threatened the children into producing images and videos. Salgat was ultimately identified and arrested by law enforcement after an investigation into his attempt to persuade a 10-year-old child he met online to come out of her house and perform oral sex on him.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; and Martin Culbreth, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Norfolk Field Office, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lisa R. McKeel prosecuted the case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Justice Department’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 4:15-cr-95.

Updated February 9, 2017

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