Article from Billings Gazette
A man convicted of sexually molesting children in Oregon was charged Monday with committing more sexual assaults while living as an unregistered sex offender in Yellowstone County.
Jerrod Jay Schalk, 32, appeared before Yellowstone County District Court Judge Russell Fagg and was charged with three new felony charges including two counts of sexual assault and one count of attempted sexual intercourse without consent.
Schalk pleaded not guilty to the new charges and to failing to register as a sex offender.
Schalk, convicted in Oregon of sodomy and rape in 2003, was arrested in Wyoming earlier this year after police responded to a report of criminal activity at the residence where he was staying. Schalk was last registered as a sexual offender in 2013 while he was living in Oregon.
This year, a 9-year-old girl told another student at her school that Schalk had molested her while he was staying with her and her mother, according to initial charges filed against Schalk.
After a school counselor heard what the 9-year-old had said, the counselor reported the abuse to Child Protective Services. Schalk was living with the girl from December 2014 until March 2015 and from October 2015 through January of this year, according to Schalk’s initial charges.
The 9-year-old told police Schalk had touched her and tried to force her to perform oral sex. Schalk threatened the girl, according to charging documents, and told her if she told anyone what was happening she would be taken away and she would never see her mother again.
Schalk was being held at the Yellowstone County Detention Center Monday, in lieu of a $25,000 bond.
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