A Monroe County judge is accused of paying women for sex at a hotel in Monroe Township, according to state authorities.

First District Judge Jarod Calkins, 41, of Carleton, was arraigned Friday on one count of transporting a person for the purpose of prostitution and four counts of hiring women for the purpose of prostitution. The first is a felony carrying a penalty of up to 20 years in prison. The second is a misdemeanor with a penalty of up to 93 days in jail.

Michigan State Police started investigating Calkins after receiving reports of what they described as prostitution-related activities at the hotel, officials said in a statement.

“Upon investigating, the MSP First District Special Investigation Section uncovered evidence that an individual matching the description of Calkins was allegedly having women meet him at the hotel to engage in sexual activity for money,” the release read.

Calkins’ bond was set at $25,000. His next court date has not been set.

“Public officials must be held to a higher standard, and I will continue to work with law enforcement to ensure that we hold accountable anyone who violates the public trust,” Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said Friday. “I applaud the work done by the Michigan State Police and my Public Integrity Unit who put a stop to activities that violate the public trust.”

After Calkins’ arraignment, the 1st District Court officials disqualified themselves from future matters in the case.

Calkins was elected to the bench in November 2014.

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