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Lansford Officer Charged With Corruption Of Minors

LANSFORD — A police officer in Carbon County faces charges including corruption of minors and giving alcohol to minors.

This is the same department where an officer last month shot himself after taking another cop at gunpoint.

The officer who now faces charges is Robert Shubeck.  State police say Officer Shubeck started an inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old boy who was interested in becoming a cop.robert shubeck mug

Investigators say that relationship became sexual and when the teen tried to end it, Officer Shubeck started to stalk the boy.    Troopers say it happened between July and December of 2012.

It is another blow to the Lansford police department.

This time Lansford Officer Robert Shubeck is accused of using a teenage boy’s interest in police work and turning it into corruption of minors, even using a Lansford police cruiser to stalk the boy when the teen tried to end what became a sexual relationship.

“I knew him as a police officer and he was really kind-hearted, very kind-hearted and willing to help.  It is. It’s shocking,” said Dakota Appleby of Lansford.

Appleby said she heard rumors about the relationship and a cop being investigated.

“I heard through other people talking and overhearing other things.  It is shocking.”

Some of those who heard about the investigation say they’re pleased to hear charges have been filed.

“I’m glad he was arrested because if it’s true, he deserved to be arrested, especially being in law enforcement.”

The borough council president says this will likely be dealt with at a council meeting next week.  She says Officer Shubeck has been suspended from the police department for almost a year since this investigation began. She says his status with the department could change next week.

“I think they need to get it under control because it’s not the only thing going on with police officers.  It’s very disturbing,” said Amber Neff of Lansford.

She was referring to another Lansford police officer who caused a disturbance in nearby Jim Thorpe a week and a half ago when he killed himself after holding a friend and fellow officer at gunpoint.

But now it’s Lansford officer Robert Shubeck accused of inappropriate behavior with a teenager that has people shocked.

“I think it’s disturbing. I think it’s gross. You don’t know who to trust any more these days with your kids.”

Officials in Lansford say since last December Officer Robert Shubeck has been suspended with pay during this investigation.

The borough council president expects him to at least be suspended without pay at the council meeting next Wednesday night.


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