Thursday, October 11, 2018

Judge Suspended After Felony Plea

An automatic interim suspension of an attorney and former judge has been ordered by the Michigan Attorney Discipline Board based on a felony guilty plea.

Michigan Live had this story

First-term Monroe County District Judge Jarod M. Calkins is accused of paying for violent sex with multiple prostitutes over an eight-month period between October 2015 and June 2016, according to Attorney General Bill Schuette's office.

Calkins, 41, was identified by state police, who were conducting a prostitution sting and investigation at a motel in Monroe County's Monroe Township. He is charged with four counts of misdemeanor hiring women for prostitution and the most serious count, transporting a person for the purposes of prostitution, which is punishable by up to 20 years in prison. 

Calkins arranged transportation multiple victims using the ride-sharing company Uber, and sometimes gave them rides in his own vehicle before paying for sex, investigators say.

Charging documents provided by Schuette's office indicate the judge identified himself as "Michael Collins" and offered to be a "sugar daddy" on social media. A sugar-daddy relationship usually involves a man providing gifts or cash in exchange for sex

Click On Detroit reported

 A Monroe County judge accused of hiring women to meet him at a hotel to engage in sexual activity for money pleaded guilty Wednesday, officials said.

Michigan State Police troopers said they received reports of prostitution-related activities in a hotel in Monroe. Troopers uncovered evidence that Judge Jarod Calkins was having women meet him at the hotel to engage in sexual activity for money, police said.

Calkins, 41, of Carleton, was charged with four counts of hiring women for the purpose of prostitution and one count of transporting a person for the purpose of prostitution. He resigned from the Monroe County First District Court in June.

He pleaded guilty to four felony counts of misconduct in office. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison, police said.

"Public officials must be held to a higher standard, and I will continue to work with law enforcement to ensure that we hold accountable anyone who violates the public trust," Schuette said. "I applaud the work done by the Michigan State Police and my Public Integrity Unit, who put a stop to activities that violate the public trust."

Transporting a person for the purpose of prostitution is a felony that carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison. Hiring women for the purpose of prostitution is a misdemeanor with a penalty of up to 93 days in jail.

Calkins was arraigned Friday and is being held on $25,000 bail. His next court date has not yet been scheduled.

Here is a statement from the Hon. Jack Vitale, Chief Judge of Monroe County Courts:

"I have discussed the issue of the criminal charges filed against Judge Calkins with all of the Monroe County judges. Just like any other citizen in the United States, Judge Calkins is entitled to due process of law and a presumption of innocence until proven guilty.

"However, like other professionals and civil servants, judges are held to a higher standard of conduct and the citizens of Monroe County deserve to know that their elected judges are beyond reproach in the performance of their duties.

"Accordingly, and in the deliberation with all Monroe County judges, Judge Calkins is placed on administrative leave immediately and indefinitely until further notice.

"I speak for the entire Monroe County judiciary in saying that we treasure the trust and confidence that the citizens of Monroe County have vested in us. We wholeheartedly assure the residents of Monroe County that we will continue to carry out the duties and responsibilities of our office and afford all court users the professional, timely and efficient administration of justice that they deserve."

MI Headlines reported that he resigned in June.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s office intends to seek a term of incarceration at sentencing. A sentencing date has been set for November 29, 2018 in Monroe County Circuit Court.

Michigan State Police received reports of prostitution-related activities at a hotel in Monroe Township and opened an investigation to determine if the reports were accurate.

Upon investigating, the MSP First District Special Investigation Section uncovered evidence that an individual matching the description of Calkins was allegedly having women meet him at the hotel to engage in sexual activity for money.

(Mike Frisch)

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