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Utah man, on probation for sexually assaulting child, charged with 12 new child sex crimes

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Michael Lamar Chadwick mugshot. (Salt Lake County Jail)

SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) — A man on probation for felony aggravated sexual assault of a child is back in trouble with the law -- this time accused of possessing 7,500 images and videos of child pornography -- and he has a judge who recently made headlines for giving a pedophile a 210-day jail sentence in a similar case.

According to court documents, 55-year-old Michael Lamar Chadwick had thousands of images and videos showing prepubescent children and toddlers being raped and sodomized.

Chadwick was on probation after serving a year in jail for sexually assaulting a child.

Agents with Adult Probation & Parole (AP&P) were conducting a routine compliance check on Chadwick's home when they found the images, GIFs and videos on his phone and in his Google drive account.

The agents said Chadwick admitted to downloading child pornography on his phone.

The arresting agent said in court documents:

I submitted approximately 7500 images and videos to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) to see if the images and videos contained identified victims. 133 of the submitted images were of “Identified Children” which means these files have been identified by law enforcement. 1710 files were “Recognized Hash Values” meaning they have been submitted to the NCMEC, Child Recognition and Identification System previously. However, no additional information regarding these files has been identified. 5652 files were “Unrecognized Hash Values” meaning the images have not been submitted to NCMEC previously."

Chadwick was arrested and charged with 12 second-degree felonies of sexual exploitation of a minor.

Chadwick was also assigned Judge Douglas Hogan, who in May made national headlines after giving former Utah CEO Douglas Saltsman a 210-day jail sentence for possessing more than 13,000 files of child pornography. News of what most people perceive as a light sentence traveled fast and angered many.

There is even a petition to recall Judge Hogan, however, Utah does not have a process for recalling judges. Voters, however, are asked whether the judge should be retained. The Utah State Bar noted the sentence fell within their guidelines and defended Hogan's sentencing of Saltsman.

Geoffrey Fattah, communication director with Utah State Courts, says if people have any issues with Saltsman's sentencing, they need to take it up with the Utah legislature. He says:

Judges must weigh the evidence brought before them by both the prosecution and the defense. The Utah Legislature has established sentencing guidelines, which judges follow unless under extraordinary circumstances. At sentencing, judges must consider recommendations brought to them by the prosecution and the defense. If a plea agreement is reached, a judge is expected to accept the agreement unless it is blatantly outside the sentencing guidelines, or is illegal."
Regarding the Saltsman case, the Utah Bar and the Utah Sentencing Commission defended Judge Hogan's sentence as well within the State Sentencing Guidelines. Questions of whether it was right, or wrong, should be taken to the Utah Legislature. That's how our system of government works."

Because Chadwick was on probation, each of the 12 charges' maximum penalties are increased by five years each.

Each charge carries a one to 15-year possible sentence.

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