Woodson man pleads not guilty to several alleged sexual assault charges

By Ryne Turke on December 4, 2014 at 1:14pm

Fifty-one-year-old Robert Schwalb entered the plea in Morgan County Court this morning.

He is being charged with three counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault, one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and three counts of criminal sexual assault.

According to prosecutors, the charges stem from an incident in May 2012 involving a 29-year-old-woman who claimed she was sexually assaulted in Woodson.

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 added that 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.

His next court date will be January 8 at 11 a.m. Schwalb is represented by public defender Tom Piper.