Update: Woodson man jailed on sexual assault charges

By Gary Scott on November 19, 2014 at 9:56am

A Woodson man faces charges stemming from alleged sexual assaults in 2012.

Fifty-one-year-old Robert Schwalb was booked at the Morgan County Jail at around 7:30 last night on Morgan County warrants for three counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault, one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, and three counts of criminal sexual assault.

Schwalb made his first appearance this afternoon in Morgan County Court and was assigned public defender Tom Piper. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for December 4th.

The case is being prosecuted in part by the state’s Appellate Prosecutor’s Office. Morgan County State’s Attorney Robert Bonjean says the help is needed because the investigation into this case began when he was just taking office.

The arrest stems from alleged incidents in May 2012 involving a 39-year-old woman who claimed she was sexually assaulted in Woodson, according to prosecutors.

Mike Carmody, the Chief Deputy of the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department, says the aggravating circumstances stem from the victim’s “diminished mental capacity” and the “use of some force”.

Carmody says Schwalb and the victim knew each other.

The aggravated sexual assault charges are Class X felonies. If Schwalb is convicted on the most serious charge stemming from each incident, he faces up to 60 years in prison with a possibility of a lifetime mandatory supervised release period.

Updated at 2:30 p.m.