Lansford cop going to court
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Lansford police officer Robert Shubeck is seen Friday exiting the courtroom of District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton. Shubeck waived his right to a preliminary hearing, and will have his charges bound over to Carbon County Court.
Charges have been bound over to Carbon County Court against a Lansford police officer who police say formed a sexual relationship with a teenage boy, gave him beer, and showed him pornography
Robert Shubeck, 40, of Nesquehoning, was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Friday before District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton.
Shubeck waived his right to the hearing, and will appear Feb. 27 for a pretrial status conference in the Carbon County Court of Common Pleas.
Shubeck faces three charges of furnishing alcohol to minors, as well as charges of criminal attempt of official oppression, stalking, corruption of minors, and harassment.
He remains free on $25,000 unsecured bail.
According to the affidavit of probable cause filed by Lehighton state Trooper Joseph Campbell:
On Dec. 24, 2012, the victim's mother contacted state police to report that her 18-year-old son has been involved in an inappropriate relationship with a Lansford Police Officer over the course of the past five months.
She said her son met him and they became friends, as her son had aspirations of becoming a police officer in the future, according to court records.
Over the course of the next few weeks, they would meet and talk for several hours at a time about the daily goings on in their lives.
Shubeck invited the victim over to his residence that August, gave him beer throughout the course of the night, and the victim ended up spending the night at Shubeck's residence.
Over the course of the next few weeks, Shubeck would invite the victim to his residence to drink beer and hang out. Shubeck would text message the victim on a number of occasions and inquire as to his whereabouts, and who he was hanging out with.
The victim attempted to cut things off about a month later, but Shubeck continually attempted to get in contact with him.
In December 2012, Shubeck approached the victim at a Christmas party, pushed him against a wall, and started yelling at him that he was going to ruin his life if he continues to hangout and associate with his girlfriend and several other individuals within Summit Hill, according to court records.
Shubeck then became angry over the fact that the victim called him when he needed help when he ran out of gas, but he did not call him to hang out anymore or drink.
The victim and a couple of his friends would occasionally go to Shubeck's residence and drink beer and liquor.
Shubeck had attempted to make contact with the victim to speak with him after speaking with his mother and father, who turned him away. Shubeck also left several voice mail messages with the victim, and stated that he wanted to know what was going on, and that they needed to talk and work things out.
Shubeck also utilized his position as a police officer to gain access to the victim's girlfriend's residence in order to check on the whereabouts of the victim.
Shubeck showed his badge to the victim's girlfriend's mother, and subsequently walked into the residence and confronted the victim about who he was hanging out with and associating with.
In addition, Shubeck allowed and permitted the victim to view pornography on Shubeck's laptop computer on several occasions.
Shubeck was hired in 2008.
Lansford Council suspended Shubeck on Dec. 26, 2012.