Former Wrangell physician convicted of 2004-2005 rape in Louisiana

A doctor who served as chief of staff at the Wrangell hospital eight years ago awaits possible life imprisonment for raping an underage female relative in Louisiana more than 16 years ago.

Greg Salard faces a possible sentence without parole or probation after a Louisiana jury convicted him of rape, according to the Caddo Parish district attorney’s office.

Salard, 60, of Mountain View, Arkansas, was found guilty on Nov. 19 by a six-man, six-woman jury after deliberations that lasted less than 45 minutes, according to the district attorney’s office.

The jury convicted Salard of raping the girl between 2004 and 2005.

He is scheduled to be sentenced in Louisiana on Dec. 13.

Salard was Wrangell hospital chief of staff in 2013. He was extradited from Alaska to Louisiana after his 2016 sentencing in federal court for sexual exploitation of a child and distribution and receipt of child pornography while he lived in Wrangell.

Until his arrest, he had specialized in family practice and was employed by the former hospital operator, Alaska Island Community Services.

Salard's privileges at the hospital were temporarily suspended between April 15 and May 5, 2011, following allegations of improper interaction with patients. His privileges were returned in February 2013 after a recall election replaced eight of the hospital’s nine board members.

With mostly new members and a new hospital head, Salard was again allowed to see patients, made chief of staff in July 2013, and was appointed that fall to a state committee that reviews classes of prescription drugs for the Medicaid program.

Following his arrest in Wrangell in October 2014, Salard was charged with being a fugitive from justice after the state of Louisiana filed charges against him for aggravated rape.


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