Accused Wellsville rapist waives hearing

2012-09-24T23:15:00Z 2012-10-03T15:20:38Z Accused Wellsville rapist waives hearingAndrew Carr, The Sentinel The Sentinel
September 24, 2012 11:15 pm  • 

A Wellsville man facing a slew of child sexual assault charges waived his right to a preliminary hearing on Monday.

Karl Franz Schubert, 27, was charged with felony rape forcible compulsion, felony rape of a child, felony involuntary deviate sexual intercourse forcible compulsion, felony involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, felony aggravated indecent assault of a child, felony indecent assault of a person less than 13 years of age, felony contact or communication with a minor-sexual offenses, misdemeanor indecent assault without consent of the other, misdemeanor indecent assault forcible compulsion and misdemeanor corruption of minors after police say he raped a then-9-year-old girl multiple times, beginning in 2003.

All charges were waived during a scheduled preliminary hearing in front of Magisterial District Judge Charles A. Clement Jr., and bound over for Cumberland County Court.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, in March 2011 the then-16-year-old girl came forward to police that between the ages of 9 and 11, she was sexually assaulted multiple times by Schubert. The affidavit states that Schubert was nine to 10 years older than the girl at the time.

The victim told police that Schubert would constantly be at their home in New Cumberland as he was a family friend and would at times more or less babysit her and her younger siblings, according to the affidavit.

The girl said that when she was in third grade, Schubert began kissing her, exposing himself and rubbing himself against her.

The affidavit states that Schubert told her it was a game they were playing and the only rule was that she couldn’t tell anyone.

The victim then stated that Schubert forced her to touch him, engaged in oral sex and eventually intercourse, according to court documents.

The document states that during the course of conduct, Schubert would remind the girl not to tell anyone or he would drown her siblings in the pool in the backyard.

In one incident, the affidavit states that the girl’s brother

witnessed Schubert fondling the girl in the pool and when he spoke up about telling their mother, Schubert then threatened him and told him that he would kill the girl, him and the other children.

The girl also stated that at times she would be awakened by Schubert touching her inappropriately.

An arrest warrant for Schubert was issued by the New Cumberland Police Department on Aug. 17 and he was taken into custody on Aug. 23. He was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Charles A. Clement Jr. at 11 a.m. Aug. 23 with bail set at $25,000 unsecured, which was posted the same day.

After waiving the preliminary hearing and sending the charges to county court, a formal arraignment was scheduled for 9 a.m. Dec. 27.

According to court records, Schubert is represented by George Matangos of Costopoulos Foster & Fields, Lemoyne, who declined to comment on the case.

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