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Judge Refuses to Jail Two Amish Pedophiles Who Raped Their Own Sister

Brothers found guilty of raping girl, 12; judge agrees they'll be 'eaten alive' in prison

 on 25th September 2020 @ 1.00pm
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The judge refused to jail the pedophile brothers, saying they'd be 'eaten alive' in jail

Two Amish pedophile brothers, who were found guilty of raping their own 12-year-old sister, managed to avoid jail after the judge heard arguments that they would be "eaten alive" in prison.

Aaron Schwartz, 22, and 18-year-old Petie Schwartz of Seymour, Missouri, admitted to raping the young girl, now 13 years old, but prosecutors raised concerns about how well they would cope behind bars. 

The Schwartz bros pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree child molestation with a child under the age of 14. 

The pair and two of their younger brothers, both minors at the time, all confessed to sexually abusing their younger sister last year.

The victim was 12 and 13 years old at the time of the sexual acts, the Webster County Citizen reports.

After they were convicted of the crimes, the brothers had received 10-year sentences in the Missouri Department of Corrections (DOC) on the first count plus five years each for the second count.

something is amish  the two brothers avoided jail after being convicted of raping their own sister © press
Something is Amish: The two brothers avoided jail after being convicted of raping their own sister

However, their plea deal - made in agreement with Webster County Prosecuting Attorney Ben Berkstresser - allowed the suspension of the sentences, according to The Daily Mail.

The deal would allow the pair to be on probation for five years and avoid jail time if they also complete the Missouri Sex Offender Treatment Program (MOSOP) by September 8, 2021. 

The brothers must also complete 100 hours of community service and write a letter an apology letter to Seymour's Amish community within 30 days.  

They must also pay $250 to the Law Enforcement Restitution Fund (LERF), per the plea agreement, which provides funding to improve the operation of the sheriff's department and the prosecutor's office. 

Berkstresser said that he was aware that the brothers' punishment would seem lax given their initial charge of six felony counts of statutory rape and one felony count of incest.

"It needs to be noted that in this case, there were four brothers, two of them minors, while the other two legally are adults," Berkstresser said.

"All of them had sexual relations with their sister.

"There is no question this occurred."

The prosecutor added that the brothers, along with members of the Amish community, rejected legal counsel but Berkstresser's office helped assign them counsel.  

"In the end, this wasn't a case of a parent and child, where a parent in a position of authority sexually abused or exploited their child," he said.

"This was a situation where four siblings engaged in acts with their sister.

"I offered a 15-year prison sentence based on this ... it was a different relationship.

"And I made the decision not to send them to the DOC, to suspend the sentences.

"These two young men would've been eaten alive in the state prison system."

Both brothers will be registered sex offenders for life.  

"Previously, I've been very harsh on the Amish when they've been charged with crimes of this nature," he said.

"We had a previous case where a father committed sexual acts with his daughter, and he went to prison.

"In this instance, these two boys are very immature relative to their respective ages.

"Maturity wise, they are much younger than their age."

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Prosecutors argued the brothers would be 'eaten alive' in jail and the judge agreed

The now 13-year-old victim had a baby two weeks ago.

Prosecutors shared that one of the brothers is the father of the child. 

"One of the brothers is the father of this child," said Berkstresser.

"But within the Amish community that primarily lives in the Seymour area, (the Amish) don't see the authority we have to do anything to them.

"This was a tough case to prosecute."

Both adult brothers told authorities that they had had sex with their sister on six occasions. 

The relations were unearthed in June when the pregnant teen told doctors that she had been having "sexual relations" with her brothers.

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