Two Amish brothers allowed to stay out of jail despite admitting to having sex with their sister — who recently gave birth at just 13 — have been accused of breaking orders to stay away from her, court records show.
Missouri prosecutors filed a motion Friday seeking to revoke probation for Aaron Schwartz, 22, and his 18-year-old brother Petie just days after news broke of the controversial plea deal giving them a suspended sentence to save them being “eaten alive” in prison.
Both were accused of “having contact with the victim of the crime, after signing the sex offender supervision agreement that prohibited contact with the victim,” the Springfield News-Leader said.
A summons has been issued for both to appear in court Wednesday near their home in Seymour, records show.
The pair also reportedly filed virtually identical hand-written letters with the court — another part of the lenient sentencing that sparked outrage.
“I confess to having had several sexual intercourses with a [female relative] under 14 years of age,” both letters say, according to the News-Leader. “I do regret and am sorry for having done any such sins.”
The Schwartz brothers were initially charged with six counts of statutory rape and one count of incest, reduced to third-degree child molestation in the controversial plea deal after they admitted sex with the girl starting when she was 12, the reports said.
Two other brothers — both minors — are also accused of having sex with the girl, who gave birth earlier this month to a baby fathered by one of them, prosecutor Ben Berkstresser told the Webster County Citizen. The reports did not say how old the other brothers were, nor if any legal action was taken against them.
The two charged brothers were sentenced to 15 years in prison after admitting the lesser charges, but the sentences were suspended after Webster County prosecutor Berkstresser claimed the pedophiles were “immature.”
“These two young men would’ve been eaten alive in the state prison system,” Berkstresser told the County Citizen in defending his decision.
As well as five years’ probation and the “apology” letter, the brothers were ordered to complete the Missouri Sex Offender Treatment Program as well as 100 hours of community service.
“This won’t be easy for either of them to do, but I’ll assure you they will face the consequences if the program isn’t completed,” Berkstresser previously told the local paper. “And that consequence will be prison.”
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