WB man charged with forcing sex on teen girl

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]
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NANTICOKE — A Wilkes-Barre man was charged Tuesday for allegedly having sex with a teen girl in the city more than a dozen times.

Nanticoke police investigated claims by the 14-year-old, who alleged she was forced by Jeremiah Corey Calk, 31, to have sex on numerous occasions from October through the middle of January.

When police questioned Calk on Saturday, he admitted to having sexual encounters with the teen that began with oral sex and progressed to other activities.

Court documents allege sexual contact took place over three months, from Oct. 1 to Jan. 10. Those same documents allege Calk estimated he had sexual encounters with the girl approximately 17 times in three weeks.

Calk was arraigned by District Judge Donald Whittaker in Nanticoke on felony charges of statutory sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, corruption of minors and unlawful contact with a minor. Calk was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $100,000 bail.

According to a criminal complaint:

The girl’s mother reported the suspected sex assaults March 12.

The girl was later questioned by a forensic interviewer at the Luzerne County Children’s Advocacy Center.

She told the interviewer Calk was a good person and suffered from post traumatic stress disorder. The girl claimed Calk initially did not pressure her as she did not trust men.

Over time, the girl said Calk began to do things to her when they were alone. She claimed her mind went “blank,” and she was not able to say “yes” or “no.” She said Calk would assault her “every single night.”

Prison in purse case

This is not the suspect’s first brush with the law.

Court records say Calk was sentenced by a county judge in June 2015 to 48 days to 15 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property for his role in stealing a woman’s purse outside the Quick Stop store on Spring Street, Wilkes-Barre, in July 2011.

Brother John Calk, 33, pleaded guilty to stealing the purse and was sentenced to 16 to 32 months in prison, records show.


By Ed Lewis

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