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Lansford policeman faces charges

  • TIMES NEWS file photo Robert Shubeck
    TIMES NEWS file photo Robert Shubeck
Published November 06. 2013 05:01PM

A Lansford police officer cultivated a sexual relationship with a teenage boy last year, giving him beer and showing him pornography, state police say.

Robert J. Shubeck, 40, of Nesquehoning, had sexual contact with the teen, according to Lehighton state Trooper Joseph Campbell, who filed charges on Tuesday.

An affidavit of probable cause filed with District Judge Casimir Kosciolek of Lansford explains the charges:.

A criminal attempt of official oppression stemmed from a voice mail that Shubeck left on the victim's phone on Dec. 21, 2012, telling him that there was a warrant for his arrest on "deviant sexual intercourse and all that other (expletive)," and that he was to report to the police station. The teen didn't respond, but was afraid because Shubeck was a police officer..

A charge of stalking was filed because Shubeck drove past the victim's house to try to keep tabs on his whereabouts. He also sent numerous text messages to him at all hours of the day to try to find out where he was and with whom he was hanging out..

Police charged Shubeck with corruption of minors because he gave the teenager alcohol and engaged in sexual activity with him on numerous occasions. Shubeck also showed the teenager pornography on his laptop..

Three charges of furnishing alcohol to minors stem from the allegation that Shubeck gave beer to three teenagers, one 17, one 15-16, and the other 16-17..

State Trooper Joseph A. Campbell filed the charges Tuesday with Lansford District Judge Casimir Kosciolek's office. .

Attempts to reach Shubeck, whose home phone number was not in service, were unsuccessful.

His preliminary hearing has been scheduled for 3 p.m. Dec. 4 before Kosciolek.

Shubeck has retained Schuylkill County defense attorney Nicholas A. Quinn, according to the online court documents.

Shubeck was hired in 2008.

Lansford council on Dec. 26, 2012 suspended Shubeck. Borough officials were dismayed by his arrest.

"When he was working, he was a good officer. He did a good job," said Mayor Ron Hood. "It's a shame a few bad decisions are going to ruin his career."

Council president Rosemary Cannon said only that "Shubeck has been on paid suspension for many months. Now that charges have been filed, council will address the issue."

Council is scheduled to meet next at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13.

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