MONROE COUNTY, Mich. (FOX 2) - A former Monroe County district court judge was sentenced Thursday to one to five years in prison for misconduct in office.
Former Monroe County 1st District Judge Jarod Calkins, 41, had originally been charged with four counts of hiring women for the purpose of prostitution, which carries a 93-day jail sentence, and one count of transporting a person for the purpose of prostitution, which can lead to up to 20 years in prison. But the attorney general's office says the charges were replaced by misconduct in office charges. The four young women wanted to remain anonymous.
Police first began investigating after getting reports of prostitution at a Monroe Township hotel. According to a felony complaint, Calkins discussed "sugar daddy" relationships with four women under a fake name on social media accounts, including OKCupid, Tinder and Facebook, also saying he wanted to engage in BDSM.
The complaint states the first women reported meeting him on OKCupid and during their encounters, Calkins immobilized her, beat with her various objects including a cane or stick, choked or strangled her, and used an electrical device on her body until she cried. That complaint states he had sex with her and paid her in cash.
A second woman reported on Tinder, Calkins offered to pay for her to take an Uber from Royal Oak to Carleton, promising gifts, the complaint said. It states he picked her up from that location and drove her to his home, where they had "violent sex" and he paid her $50. During a second encounter, the complaint said they had violent sex again, but when she told him one of the two safe words, he hit and choked her harder than before.
A third woman reported agreeing to meet for $100 for oral sex at Monroe Township hotel. Another woman who met Calkins on Tinder, according to the complaint, said he told her he would pay her $100 for an hour of sex. But after they had sex, the woman said she didn't want to be paid, but he put $100 in her purse.
"(He) shouldn't be punished if he just had some playful, light flogging or something of that nature, we wouldn't have this case. They didn't consent to the complete beat down, to the welts, to being choked, fearing their lives, to be electrocuted," prosecution argued.
Meanwhile, defense argued some of the women met with Calkins a second time.
"Victims one and two, even after the first encounters, came back and again negotiated with Mr. Calkins for additional activity at an additional price - that's consensual," defense said.
Calkins took the opportunity to speak prior to the sentencing, apologizing for his actions.
"I failed my wife, my family, friends and colleagues as well as the community who assisted in my campaign and put their faith in me with tier votes," he said.
He said he's been involved in counseling to address what he calls his shortcomings in emotional maturity.
"The issue of the consent and the subsequent beating abuse ... clearly play on the fact that we are dealing with what appears to be fairly naive and young individuals who probably (did it) for some experimentation, based on the victim impact statements in some respect," he said.
Judge Brown handed down his sentence, saying just because you're a public official doesn't mean you get a pass.