Baltimore Sun

Man charged in sexual assault of teen

- By Cassidy Jensen

A 37-year-old Towsonbase­d chiropract­or traveled to Texas twice this spring to sexually assault a 14-year-old he met playing online games, detectives from the Fort Bend County Sheriff ’s Office say in two arrest warrants.

Asheriff’sdeputyfro­mFort Bend County, outside Houston, arrested Blake Edward Kalkstein on July 6 in Texas. Kalkstein is charged with two counts of sexual assault of a child, each of which carry a potential prison sentence of two to 20 years. He is being held at the Fort Bend County Jail with a $100,000 bond on each charge.

The girl he is charged with assaulting is called by the pseudonym Mia Lewis in court records. Her parents called a sheriff ’s deputy in late May after discoverin­g text messages referencin­g sexual acts on a cellphone they did not buy for her, according to arrest warrants.

Lewis told detectives that she met Kalkstein near the end of 2021 while playing an online game called MooMoo.io in which players collect resources to build a virtual village. Going by the name “Noah,” he exchanged explicit pictures with her on two cellphones he purchased for her, the arrest warrants say.

The girl told police that Kalkstein knew she was 14 and that she believed him to be a 25-year-old “assistant doctor” in a northern state.

Kalkstein faces two second-degree felony charges for sexually assaulting the girl on March 18 and May 13 after going to Texas to visit her, according to court records. He traveled to meet Lewis again in early July, arrest warrants say, and sent her an email July 3 saying he had arrived in the state.

Kalkstein’s court-appointed attorney Rosario Stornello said Thursday that Kalkstein had hired another attorney, Elan Levy. Levy did not respond to a voicemail left at his office Thursday seeking comment.

Kalkstein previously worked at the Towson chiropract­ic practice founded by his father, Jeffrey Kalkstein, who has treated the Orioles. An employee at Kalkstein Chiropract­ic said Monday that Blake Kalkstein no longer works at the office but declined to say when his tenure ended.

In court records dated July 12, Kalkstein wrote that he had been unemployed for one week and had no income.

There are no disciplina­ry actions from the State Board of Chiropract­ic Examiners against Kalkstein’s chiropract­ic license, which he received in 2013. Asked about any potential ongoing investigat­ions or complaints against him, a spokespers­on for the Maryland Department of Health referred to the board’s online list of disciplina­ry actions.

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