A Pennsylvania prosecutor is dealing with costs of sexually assaulting 5 feminine clients while working as their personal defense attorney.
Bradford County District Attorney Chad Salsman, a Republican elected in November 2019, was charged Wednesday with three counts of sexual assault, 5 counts of indecent assault, 12 counts of witness intimidation, obstruction of justice and selling prostitution, Attorney Normal Josh Shapiro mentioned.
“Chad Salsman would repeatedly use his place and energy as an attorney to coerce his victims into performing sexual acts on him,” Shapiro mentioned in an announcement. “He would carry them into his personal workplace, below the guise of discussing their case, and used his data of his clients’ vulnerabilities to negate their consent and sexually assault them.”
A grand jury heard testimony from a number of ladies who claimed Salsman, 44, manipulated them into undesirable sexual acts, some carried out on his workplace desk, charging paperwork present.
“Usually, Salsman had intercourse with the ladies on his workplace desk after which directed them to his personal rest room to ‘clear up’ utilizing paper towels or cleansing wipes,” a felony criticism reads. “He directed them to not inform anybody concerning the assaults and, in a single case, even advised to a lady that she mustn’t cooperate with this investigation.”
One sufferer advised authorities she employed Salsman in 2017 to characterize her on costs of harassment and drug paraphernalia possession, however the attorney didn’t invoice her for his companies, the criticism exhibits.
“As an alternative, he requested that she present nude images or movies depicting sexual acts between [the woman] and her girlfriend,” in line with the criticism.
After complying with Salsman’s request, the lady mentioned he grabbed her breasts or bottom with out her consent while in his workplace and advised her to disrobe on one event. Salsman then had intercourse with the lady with out her consent, regardless of her telling him she was homosexual, charging paperwork present.
One other former shopper of Salsman’s in a toddler custody case testified that he pressured her into sexual acts in trade for his authorized companies. After groping the lady with out her consent, she relented to his advances and commenced having intercourse with Salsman, who stopped charging her, Shapiro mentioned.
Salsman, in the meantime, denied the accusations Wednesday.
“I’m harmless,” Salsman mentioned while being led right into a Justice of the Peace’s workplace in handcuffs, WNEP reported.
Salsman’s attorney mentioned he discovered no proof of pressured intercourse acts.
“So we are going to vigorously do this case,” attorney Sam Stretton mentioned. “This is not going to be a plea.”
Stretton mentioned Salsman waived his preliminary listening to Wednesday and was anticipated to be launched after posting 10 % of $500,000 bail.
“We’re going to attempt to get an early trial,” Stretton mentioned. “If we win, we win. If we lose, after all there’s not a lot we are able to do to avoid wasting his place.”
With Put up wires