SOMERVILLE, NJ - A Raritan attorney has been arrested and charged with three counts of Criminal Sexual Contact, 4th Degree following an undercover investigation by the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office.
The defendant, Richard P. Schubach, age 58, of Pine Hill Road, Stockton, New Jersey has been released on $2,500 bail.
Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey D. Soriano said that investigators acted on a tip received in December, 2015 that Schubach had offered some of his female clients a reduced price for his legal fees in exchange for sexual favors.
A female undercover detective met with Schubach on Jan. 28, 2016 at his law office located at 1124 Route 202 in Raritan to discuss a matter under the guise that the undercover detective was facing criminal charges, according to Soriano.
During this initial meeting, Schubach requested that she return to his office the next day with further documentation about her criminal matter. Prior to leaving the meeting, Schubach asked the undercover detective to wear something “pretty” for their next meeting, Soriano said.
The undercover detective returned the next day to meet with Schubach at his law office. As the detective was seated in a chair, Schubach approached her and without permission or prompting, placed his hand into/under the undercover detective’s blouse and began fondling her breast, according to Soriano.
After briefly stepping away he, again, approached her and placed his hand into/under her blouse and onto her breast a second time, according to the prosecutor. During this meeting Schubach also placed his hand on the inner thigh of the detective, Soriano said.
Thereafter, the undercover detective stood up and told Schubach “I don’t like this” and attempted to leave his office. Schubach asked her to “hold on” before she opened the door to exit his law office, Soriano said.
Schubach approached her by the exit door, and he exposed her right breast and placed his mouth onto her breast, according to Soriano. Before she exited the building he instructed her to turn around to face him while he proceeded to lift up her skirt, Soriano added.
Detectives arrested Schubach after his meeting with the undercover detective. Schubach was charged with 3 counts of Criminal Sexual Contact, 4th Degree according to Soriano.
The investigation is ongoing, and Soriano and Chief of Detectives Timothy Fitzgerald request that anyone with information contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Special Investigation Unit at (908) 231-7100, or the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477) or online at www.888577tips.org or www.scpo.net and click on either “Crime Stoppers” or “TIPS HOTLINE”.
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