Dan Salem
Dan Salem
Monday, July 30, 2012

Dan Salem, the Carroll Taco John’s owner accused in May of offering a woman money for sex, submitted a written plea of guilty to aggravated misdemeanor charges Monday morning, court records show. An additional order filed later in the afternoon will include sentencing dates for Salem’s trial.

Salem, 61, of Carroll, was charged with prostitution for the crime after he allegedly propositioned a local woman. The crime is punishable by up to two years in prison, with a minimum fine of $625 but not to exceed $6,250.

Salem was arrested six years ago on a similar charge, but there is no public record of the outcome of that case. State law allows criminal charges to be expunged from official record if a judge grants a deferred judgment and the offender complies with the terms of probation.

Salem owns the Taco John’s franchise store in Carroll, and in May 2006 he allegedly offered to pay a woman $150 twice each week for sex at the restaurant, according to the Daily Times Herald archive. Several area women accused him of making the offers at the time. Salem allegedly propositioned a local business owner for sex in May, but

Police Chief Jeff Cayler declined to release more details about the crime. He has said the woman is the only known recent victim.