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Utah CEO pleads guilty to having more than 13,000 files of child pornography
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The CEO of a Utah tech company pleaded guilty to three second-degree felony charges of sexual exploitation of a minor.

Douglas Saltsman, 40, was originally facing 11 charges related to the seizure of more than 13,000 files of graphic child pornography in August 2019.

Considered by many to be a "computer genius," Saltsman is the founder of Saltmine.io -- a now-defunct blockchain and cryptocurrency company which was based out of Saltsman's Sandy, Utah home.

Douglas Eugene Saltsman mugshot. (Photo: Salt Lake County Jail)

Saltsman faces one to 15 years in prison for each of the three charges. 

His sentencing is scheduled for May 14.

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The details of the sordid case began when Saltsman was first busted by police on May 7, 2019, after searching his home and seizing his electronic devices. 

Douglas Saltsman -- Initial Appearance. (Photo: Adam Forgie, KUTV)

Police submitted the child pornography files to the law enforcement portal of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, where 279 of the submitted files depicted known identified child victims.

Police first investigated child pornography when they were alerted to an internet provider address that was sharing child pornography using a peer-to-peer file-sharing program.

The first file, according to documents, was a compilation video of prepubescent girls under 8, some as young as toddlers, being raped.

Douglas Saltsman. (Photo: Michael Klein)

Investigators obtained a search warrant and the Internet Crimes Against Children task force, known as ICAC, helped execute the search.

According to documents, child sex abuse imagery involving toddlers and prepubescent children was found on a laptop, a black computer, an SSD storage device and an SD card. The children were bound and raped. Police also found "disturbing videos of Douglas Saltsman engaged (in) sexual intercourse with several unconscious women," on the seized devices.

They also said they found a "clandestine drug lab of some sort" in a downstairs bedroom closet and called the Sandy Fire Department and hazmat team to make sure the chemical lab was not a public safety hazard.

Saltsman made his first court appearance in December 2019.

We've embedded Saltsman's court documents below.

ARREST WARRANT

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SALTSMAN PLEADS GUILTY

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SALTSMAN'S DISCOVERY DOCUMENT

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