A pair of incestual Amish brothers have been spared jail after gang-raping their own 12-year-old sister, as the prosecutor believes it would be too dangerous for them and they’d be “eaten alive” amongst other inmates.
In September, brothers Aaron Schwartz, 22, and Petie Schwartz, 18, were arrested and pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree child molestation with a child under age 14, according to the Webster County Citizen.
Last year and earlier this year, the 12-year-old sister was the victim of her own brothers’ sexual acts.
The Schwartz brothers made a plea deal and were given a 10-year suspended prison sentence, with five years probation.
Webster County prosecutor Ben Berkstresser said: “These two young men would’ve been eaten alive in the state prison system.”
In an attempt to defend his decision, Berkstresser insisted on how he previously been “very harsh on the Amish” for crimes of a similar nature.
However, he said: “In this instance, these two boys are very immature relative to their respective ages. Maturity wise, they are much younger than their age.”
The pairs’ two younger brothers were also involved in the sexual crimes but because of their age, they didn’t face any charges.
Berkstresser said: “There were four brothers, two of them minors, while the other two legally are adults.
“All of them had sexual relations with their sister. There is no question this occurred.”
Shockingly, the girl who is now 13-years-old became pregnant as a result of the rapes and has now given birth.
The crimes, which took place in Seymour, Missouri, became known when the doctors informed the police of the teenager’s pregnancy.
Berkstresser commented: “One of the brothers is the father of this child.
“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.”
Currently, it is unknown which of her four brothers got her pregnant.
The Amish are known for being incredibly traditionalist Christians and have shunned technology.
Although there has been outrage over the brothers’ sentencing, Berkstresser has stated he will not be changing his decision. He gave each of the brothers a $250 fine, 100 hours of community service and demanded that they write letters on how they will protect their own children from inflicting such horrific abuse.
Despite little detail being provided, Berkstresser shared that the Amish community have said that they will be providing their own form of punishment to the brothers.
If the brothers do not complete Missouri’s sex offender treatment program within a year, there is the potential that the eldest of the brothers could be incarcerated.
The brothers have now been placed on the state’s sex offenders’ register for life.
Meanwhile, a woman who is in an incestual relationship with her first cousin is now publicising her relationship and she says she no longer wants to feel ashamed of being in a sexual relationship with her aunty’s son.