- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—BOLIVIA — Undercover detectives were posing as young girls when a Leland firefighter allegedly requested nude photos and sexually explicit videos from them, according to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

Brian David Saltsgaver, 49, of 1763 Liz Lane in Leland, was booked into the Brunswick County jail at 10:24 p.m. on suspicion of indecent liberties, nine counts of felony dissemination of obscenity and four counts of first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, jail records show.

According to the the warrants, between July 2 and July 27, Saltsgaver, a senior fire rescue specialist with the Leland Volunteer Fire/Rescue Department, requested videos of sex acts from girls he thought were ages 14 and 15. The incidents happened on a cellphone chat application, the warrants state. In return, Saltsgaver allegedly sent photos of his nude genitalia, some of which appear to have been taken in a bunk at one of the department’s three stations, said Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax.

Saltsgaver was employed with the nonprofit Leland Volunteer Fire/Rescue Department since Feb. 2, 2002. He tendered his resignation July 27, said Chief John Grimes.

Grimes said Saltsgaver’s position was the equivalent of an engine operator and he was one of the department’s four dozen paid employees.

“He was a seasoned firefighter,” Grimes said. “We found out about this after the fact. We were not aware this (investigation) was going on until the sheriff’s department made us aware.”

Saltgaver’s bail is set at $1 million.

Contact F.T. Norton at 910-343-2070 or [email protected]

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