Prosecutors fear they would be ‘eaten alive’ if put behind bars.
- Two Amish brothers who pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree child molestation avoid jail time.
- The men had sex with their 13-year-old sister and got her pregnant, but a prosecutor raised concerns they could be ‘eaten alive’ in jail.
- Instead of doing time, the Amish brothers will have to serve probation for 5 years, attend 100 hours of community service, and are now registered sex offenders.
As per Daily Mail, Aaron Schwartz and Petie Schwartz, aged 22 and 18, of Seymour, Missouri, pleaded guilty of two counts of third-degree child molestation with a child under the age of 14.
Aaron, Petie, and two of their younger brothers had had sexual encounters with their sister. The Webster County Citizen reveals that the girl was 12 and 13 at the time of the acts.
Initially, the brothers, who molested their young sister, had received a 10-year sentence in the Missouri Department of Corrections (DOC) on the first count and five years for the second count. However, an agreement with Webster County Prosecuting Attorney Ben Berkstresser allowed them to avoid jail time and be put on probation instead.
The sex offenders will have to complete the Missouri Sex Offender Treatment Program (MOSOP) by September 8, 2021.
They must also complete 100 hours of community service. Additionally, they have to write a letter an apology letter to Seymour’s Amish community.
Moreover, the Amish brothers are obligated to pay $250 to the Law Enforcement Restitution Fund (LERF), per the plea agreement. This fine provides funding to improve the operation of the sheriff’s department and the prosecutor’s office.