Want discount lawyer services? This attorney wants sex, cops say
Attorney Richard P. Schubach has been arrested on charges he offered some of his female clients a reduced rate on his legal fees in exchange for sexual favors.
Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey D. Soriano said a female undercover detective was sent to Schubach's office seeking legal advice on a criminal matter after a client made the allegation.
During the detective's first visit to Schuback's office on Route 202 in Raritan, Schubach, 58, asked her to come back with more documentation about her case and asked her to wear something "pretty" next time, Soriano said.
The next day, the detective came back to Schubach's officer and "approached her and without permission or prompting, placed his hand into/under the undercover detective’s blouse and began fondling her breast," Soriano said in an announcement of the charges.
"After briefly stepping away he, again, approached her and placed his hand into/under her blouse and onto her breast a second time," Soriano wrote. "During this meeting Schubach also placed his hand on the inner thigh of the detective."
According to Soriano, the detective told Schubach "I don't like this" and tried to leave. As she headed for the door, Soriano said, Schubach "proceeded to expose her right breast and place his mouth onto her breast. Before she exited the building he instructed her to turn around to face him while he proceeded to lift up her skirt."
Schubach was then arrested and charged with three counts of criminal sexual contact in the fourth fourth degree.
He posted $2,500 bail and was released.
The New Jersey Officer of Attorney Ethics told New Jersey 101.5 it have received no complaints about Schubach relating to sexual favors.
Schbach does have a disciplinary history, but it goes back to the 1980s and involves complaints from clients who said he failed to keep them informed about negotiations, according to a representative of the office. The last complaint was in 2004 for "grossly neglecting a matrimonial matter," the representative said.