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Sexual assault suspect's hearing is postponed

Published April 11. 2012 05:01PM

A preliminary hearing for a Lansford man accused of having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl has been rescheduled for 2:45 p.m. May 2 before District Judge Casimir Kosciolek.

The case came to light when Lansford Det/Sgt. Jack Soberick was given correspondence between Paul Walck, 22, and the girl that indicated a romantic relationship.

The girl was interviewed in February by Soberick, and she told him Walck had a tattoo of a dollar sign on his genitals.

Walck came to the police station on March 22. After giving him his Miranda warnings, Soberick interviewed Walck, who denied any sexual contact with the girl. He told Soberick the girl asked him for sexual favors, but that he had declined due to her age.

Soberick told Walck he did not believe him because the girl said her initials were tattooed on Walck's genitals.

Walck immediately denied that, and said the tattoo was of a dollar sign.

He drew the image for Soberick, then showed him a photo on his cell phone.

Soberick told Walck the photo could be of anyone.

Walck said, "if you don't believe me, here!" and showed Soberick his genitals, which sported the dollar sign tattoo.

His identity now firmly established, Walck was charged with sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, corruption of minors (all felonies), and indecent assault.

He was arraigned before Kosciolek and remains in Carbon County prison under $100,000 bail.

His preliminary hearing had been scheduled for today.

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