Fitzgerald man handed federal court sentence, two found illegally in southwest Georgia

A southwest Georgia businessman and owner of a tractor supply company who pleaded guilty to orchestrating a complicated fraud involving millions of dollars of loans by multiple creditors has been sentenced to prison and ordered to pay restitution to his victims for his crime.

MACON – A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging a Valdosta resident with several child pornography production charges in an ongoing investigation.

Henry Theodore Salmons aka Ted, 48, of Valdosta, is charged with three counts of production of child pornography. If convicted, Salmons faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and a $250,000 fine per count. An indictment is only an allegation of criminal conduct and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law beyond a reasonable doubt.

The indictment alleges that the defendant enticed at least two minor children to engage in sexually explicit acts which were filmed or photographed. Parents and guardians of children who may have been in contact with Salmons are encouraged to contact the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office to share any concerns related to this investigation by calling (229) 671-2900.

“It is imperative that parents and guardians of children who may have been in contact with Henry Salmons reach out to investigators at the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office with any concerns,” acting U.S. Attorney Peter D. Leary said. “We are thankful for the strong partnership we have with the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office as we all work relentlessly to protect children across the Middle District of Georgia.”

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. For information about Internet safety education, visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab “resources.”

The case is being investigated by the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Katelyn Semales and Alex Kalim are prosecuting the case for the government.

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