WILKES-BARRE — A man who admitted to sexually assaulting a teen girl in Nanticoke continued to contact the victim, the girl’s mother told a Luzerne County judge Friday.
Jeremiah Calk, 31, also expressed his intentions of having a relationship with the girl, hoping they run away together when he is released from prison, court records say.
“He is pursuing my daughter, he wants to have a relationship with her,” the girl’s mother told Judge Michael T. Vough. “If he is released, he’s going to do the same to another child. I want him to stop contacting my daughter.”
When Calk acknowledged he was aware the girl was a teenager and attempted to explain his intentions, Vough shut him down.
“Stop right there,” Vough told Calk. “Did you know she was 14?”
“Yes sir,” Calk said.
Vough scolded Calk for contacting the girl, warning him, “You can’t contact her ever again.”
Calk appeared before Vough to be sentenced on charges of statutory sexual assault and corruption of minors. He pleaded guilty to the charges July 12.
After the reprimand by Vough, Calk learned he will serve 5 years and 9 months to 11-and-a-half years in state prison.
Calk is also subject to lifetime registration with law enforcement under the state’s Megan’s Law.
Nanticoke police arrested Calk in May after the girl and her mother reported the allegations in March.
The girl was questioned by a forensic interviewer at the Luzerne County Children’s Advocacy Center. She told the interviewer Calk would assault her “every single night.”
Calk blamed his actions on an abusive childhood in Texas where he claimed he was sexually assaulted.
“I know words will never be enough but I’m truly sorry,” Calk said.
In April, the girl and her mother were awarded a protection-from-abuse order against Calk, who was ordered not to have any contact with them. The restraining order expires in April 2021.
In her PFA application, the mother claimed Calk emailed her a picture of a handgun and bullets.