2017-02-09 / Courts

Relationship with 15-year-old leads to felony prison sentence; 2-10 years

A 31-year-old Suttons Bay man was sentenced to serve two to 10 years in prison on a charge of assault with intent to commit sexual penetration.

David J. Kalchik, of 9755 E. Duck Lake Road, was sentenced in 13th Circuit Court on Monday by Judge Thomas G. Power.

The charge stemmed from an ongoing sexual relationship Kalchik had with a 15-year-old girl from Grand Traverse County.

Kalchik was arrested in July at his home after sheriff’s deputies got a tip that he had been having a sexual relationship with the girl that had been going on for about three months, according to a court report.

A parallel investigation involving Kalchik and the teen had also been conducted by the Michigan State Police Cadillac Post.

He has been in the Leelanau County Jail on a $250,000 cash/surety bond since his July arrest.

Kalchik was also ordered to pay $548 in court fines and costs.

In other 13th Circuit Court sentences:

• Rebecca S. Lopez, 35, of 10224 E. Carter Road in Traverse City, was sentenced on Monday to eight months in jail with credit for 39 days served for drunken driving, third offense — a felony.

Lopez will also serve five years probation and pay fines and costs of $868.

The charge stems from a Dec. 29 incident in which Lopez was pulled over for speeding on M-22 in Elmwood Township, according to a court report. She was found to be driving over the legal alcohol limit after being taken to Munson Medical Center for a blood draw.

Lopez was sentenced to 180 days in jail on Jan. 10 for a probation violation in connection with a previous conviction.

• Philip M. Fritts, 53, of 4169 N. Spider Lake Road in Traverse City, was sentenced to 12 months in jail with credit for 162 days served for drunken driving, third offense.

The charge stems from a February incident in which Fritts drove his car into a ditch after crossing the center line on Coleman Road in Kasson Township.

A warrant was issued for Fritts in April after he failed to appear for a court date. He had been free on a 10 percent, $15,000 bond.

In August he was picked up in Colorado Springs, Colo., on a criminal trespassing charge and was extradited back to Leelanau County in October.

Fritts was also sentenced to serve 60 months probation and will pay $548 in court fines and costs. He will also pay $1921.25 in extradition and other costs as part of a plea agreement.

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