200,000 petition to recall Judge Douglas Hogan who gave CEO JUST 7 months for possessing 13K child rape videos

200,000 petition to recall Judge Douglas Hogan who gave CEO JUST 7 months for possessing 13K child rape videos
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Shortly after Judge Douglas Hogan sentenced a former Utah CEO, Douglas Saltsman, to just 210-days of prison for pleading guilty to possessing over 13,000 files of child pornography, a petition was launched online to recall the judge. The petition, on Change.org, as of Friday, July 24, has nearly reached its goal of 200,000 signatures.

The petition called 'Recall Judge Douglas Hogan' was launched by Cat Hoffman, who wrote on the page: "Today Judge Douglas Hogan issued a sentence that is the antithesis of justice. Today he sentenced admitted pedophile Tech CEO Douglas Saltsman to 210 days in prison with credit for time served and 48 months of probation after his release. His Crimes? Possession of 13,000 files of child pornography. The first file, according to documents, was a compilation video of prepubescent girls under 8, some as young as toddlers, being raped."

The 40-year-old former CEO, dubbed a "computer genius for now-defunct blockchain and cryptocurrency in Sandy, on May 15, pleaded guilty to possessing thousands of files of child pornography, including some that depicted rape and bestiality. He was sentenced by Judge Hogan to less than a year in prison. The judge sentenced Saltsman to 210-days in jail, and gave him credit for the 148 days he's already served. The move had resulted in backlash from those following the case closely. Saltsman first came to authorities' attention after an internet provider alerted them of an address sharing child pornography using a peer-to-peer file-sharing program.

Screengrab of the petition on Change.org

Officials raided Saltsman's home on May 7 and seized electronic devices containing thousands of child pornography files. One of the files consisted of a compilation video of prepubescent girls under the age of 8 — some of them just toddlers — being raped. A laptop, a black computer, an SSD storage device, and an SD card were also seized from the 40-year-old, the devices reportedly contained child sex abuse imagery, showing children bound and raped. 

The petition, which as of Friday, reached 178,757 of 200,000, also stated: "210 days in prison is all the Judge who handed this sentence down gave, 210 days. There were 279 identified child victims yet Judge Hogan couldn't even give each of those victims the justice of letting Saltsman sit in jail for one day for each victim. 210 days is all the exploitation and rape of children is deserving of according to Judge Hogan's sentence. I'm moving to petition to Recall Judge Hogan immediately This is not justice and these children deserve more from our justice system and the judge that handed down this sentence." Salsman, during his hearing, was facing nearly 15 years of prison sentence. 

Authorities, during the raid at Saltsman's house, also discovered "disturbing videos of Douglas Saltsman engaged (in) sexual intercourse with several unconscious women," and a "clandestine drug lab of some sort" in a downstairs bedroom closet. 

Hoffman, in an update of her petition, stated that she is also planning to speak with local politicians and lawyers to initiate a process of "drafting a bill introducing minimum mandatory sentencing of no less than 5 years for these type of offenses."

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