Amish Elders Plead Guilty to Failing to Report Sex Abuse in Ozark Community
|John Schwartz was sentenced to 20 years for sexually abusing his daughters.|
The men, all elders within the Amish community, reportedly knew about the sexual abuse of two girls living among their flock in the Ozark town of Seymour but failed to report the allegations to authorities.
Like a similar story unfolding in an Amish community in northeastern Missouri, the elders had hoped to reform the sex offender on their own.
|The McDonald's in Seymour, pop. 1800, has hitching posts for Amish buggies.|
In September 2009, John Schwartz checked himself into a hospital after repeatedly molesting his daughters ages 14 and 16. According to a probable cause statement, Schwartz told the girls that he was "sorry" but could not stop his actions. In January he was sentenced to 20 years in prison. His wife, who knew about the abuse, was sentenced to five years probation and 100 hours community service.
The elders who this week pleaded guilty to failing to report the abuse were fined $300. They are Christian Schwartz, Jacob Schwartz, Emmanuel Eicher and Peter Eicher.
H/T: The Crime Scene