SALT LAKE CITY — A local environmental activist charged with assaulting his former girlfriend has been convicted by a jury.

Jeffrey Charles Salt, 52, who directs the Great Salt Lakekeeper, was found guilty of aggravated assault, a third-degree felony, following a trial in 3rd District Court. But the jury acquitted Salt on charges of aggravated kidnapping, a first-degree felony, and damaging or interrupting a communication device, a class B misdemeanor.

The charges stem from a physical altercation between Salt and his ex-girlfriend in June 2008.

Salt has been an advocate for the Great Salt Lake and Jordan River Restoration Network, among other things, and pushed to do such things as protect area rivers and inform the public about mercury levels in Utah's watershed.

Sentencing in the case has been set for June 4.

Emiley Morgan

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