Ross man charged with sexually abusing boy

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A Ross Township man, who has been charged with sexually abusing a boy, was arrested today after he told police he was going to kill himself, police said.

Richard Schubert, 66, was charged today with sexually abusing a boy at his home about ten years ago, according to a criminal complaint filed by Ross police detective Brian Kohlhepp.

Det. Kohlhepp talked to Mr. Schubert on the phone today, he wrote. When Det. Kohlhepp summarized the accusation and asked if it was accurate, Mr. Schubert said, "I'll say yes, and that's the end of it," according to the complaint. Mr. Schubert said he was very drunk and it wasn't his idea, the detective wrote.

During the conversation, Mr. Schubert threatened to shoot himself, Det. Kohlhepp said, adding that the Ross man owns several guns and had previously made similar threats.

Police then responded to his home on Sewickley Oakmont Road to check on his well-being and to take him in to custody, the detective said. Nearby roads were closed "to help ensure the safety of the public," he said.

Mr. Schubert was arrested without incident, Det. Kohlhepp said, and was taken to the Allegheny County Jail, where he was awaiting arraignment and a mental health evaluation Friday evening.

He faces charges of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, statutory sexual assault, indecent assault, endangering the welfare of children and corrupting the morals of a minor, court records show.

Lexi Belculfine: lbelculfine@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1878. Twitter: @LexiBelc.



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