SCHERERVILLE — A 49-year-old Crown Point man named as a suspect in his ex-wife's shooting death in Schererville was found dead Sunday at a cemetery in Calumet City, police said.
The cause of Richard James Kalecki's death remained under investigation Sunday night but it appeared he committed suicide, said Robert Byrd, spokesman for the Northwest Indiana Major Crimes Task Force.
Police said Kalecki was seen on surveillance video fatally shooting Alessandra De Moraes-Emiliano, 37, of Merrillville, in an attack at 12:20 p.m. Saturday at Edible Arrangements, a fruit gift shop, in the Lincoln Ridge Plaza in the 200 block of U.S. 30 in Schererville.
Police on Saturday searched Kalecki's house in the 200 block of 127th Place in Crown Point but did not locate him or the murder weapon, Byrd said.
Byrd did not immediately have information about whether any evidence was found in the house.
Byrd characterized the shooting as domestic violence. Witnesses knew Kalecki because of prior encounters at Edible Arrangements, he said.
Lake Superior Court records indicate Richard and Alessandra Kalecki divorced in 2012, months before the Lake County prosecutor's office charged him with three counts of child molesting and three counts of sexual misconduct with a minor.
Kalecki's trial in the molestation case was scheduled to begin in March. He faced a maximum 50-year sentence if convicted.
The victim told authorities she was 13 when Kalecki began sexually abusing her in December 2010, after telling her he wanted to teach her about the "birds and the bees."
Kalecki is alleged to have streamed pornographic videos on a laptop and also recorded his relations with the girl with a handheld camera, which he forced the girl to watch.
The girl told authorities she was afraid of Kalecki, who threatened to kill her if she didn't go along with his wishes, court records state.
If found out and jailed, Kalecki told the girl, "When I get out, I will hurt everyone who ratted me out, including you, and I will kill myself," court records state.
According to court records, a medical doctor confirmed the girl exhibited signs of sexual abuse. The doctor reportedly considered the girl to be suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome.
Kalecki is alleged to have repeatedly sexually assaulted the girl until March 2012, when a family member suspected abuse.
Byrd said Sunday police were in contact with the girl and she was safe.
“Kalecki’s death brings an end to the tragic domestic violence homicide investigation of Ms. De Moraes-Emiliano," Schererville Police Chief David Dowling said. "We have worked very closely with her entire family, and they have our deepest sympathies.”