Upshur County man arrested for having sexual intercourse with a minor

UPSHUR COUNTY, W. Va. (WDTV) - Upshur County Deputies charged Christopher Schwable, 48, with sexual abuse by a parents, guardian, or person of trust.

According to the criminal complaint, Deputies state that the victim was a 16-year-old girl. It also states that Schwable lived at the home for several years.

The criminal complaint also states that the victim told Deputies that Schwable performed sexual acts on her, including intercourse. This happened at a home near Buckhannon in August.

When Deputies took him into questioning, Schwable allegedly confessed to the crime.

5 News sat down with experts on Monday, who deal with situations like this, and we asked how can this affect a sexual abuse victim in the future?

"People can easily take advantage of her as she goes on in life," said Cydney Cash, rural sexual assault advocate for the Women's Aid in Crisis.

According to the West Virginia Foundation for Rape Information & Services, nearly 82% of sexual assaults are committed by someone the victim knows, and nearly 70% of cases happen inside the victim's home.

This can also take a toll not only on a victim, but also the family.

"In that position like that, they can act out in different ways. They can cause trouble. They can be in depression. There's just multiple things that can happen," said Cash.

Schwable is currently in Tygart Valley Regional Jail. His bond was set at $100,000 cash.