A Lansford man pleaded guilty on Tuesday in Carbon County court to having sexual relations with a 14-year-old girl.
Paul Walck, 22, pleaded guilty to one count of statutory sexual assault before Judge Joseph J. Matika.
Walck was charged with sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, corruption of minors (all felonies), and indecent assault. In a plea bargain, the statutory sexual assault count was added and all other counts were dismissed.
Borough police became aware of the situation after receiving information from the county's office of Children and Youth. Office personnel said a child under their supervision may have had sexual relations with an adult male.
The police report of the investigation indicated they were provided with correspondence between the 14-year-old girl and Walck that indicated a romantic relationship. The correspondence included a reference by the girl about the two getting together when she was home on a weekend pass. It also included questions to Walck on sexual topics.
Police interviewed the girl at the Children and Youth agency's offices. The girl said she was 13 when she met Walck, and was 14 when she first had sex with him. She gave Walck's age as 23 at the time, and gave the date as the first weekend in February of 2012, and the location as Lansford.
A medical exam revealed the girl had a bacterial infection likely caused by sexual intercourse.
On March 22 police interviewed Walck. Police documented Walck's tattoos, and Walck told them he had his own tattoo gun.
He denied any sexual contact with the girl but said he had bought her stuffed animals. He said she was too young for him and also was a relative by marriage. He told police she had asked him for sexual favors but that he refused.
Investigating officer Robert Soberick told Walck he didn't believe him and that the girl said her name or initials were tattooed on Walck's genitals.
Walck vehemently denied that and drew for Soberick the dollar sign he said was tattooed on his genitals. He also showed Soberick a photo on his camera of the inked body part, saying it was his.
Soberick expressed skepticism, saying the photo could be anyone.
Walck then proved it, pulling out his private parts and showing police the dollar sign.
Matika accepted the plea but deferred sentencing to a later date ordering the adult probation office to prepare a presentence investigation (PSI) report.