‘I would have been eaten alive’: Amish brothers who raped 13-year-old sister avoid jail


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“It should be noted that in this case there were four brothers, two of whom are minors, while the other two are legally adults,” Berkstresser said. “All of them had sex with their sister. There is no doubt that this has happened.

He added: “In the end, that was not the case with a parent and child, where a parent in a position of authority was sexually abusing or exploiting their child. It was a situation where four siblings were engaging in acts with their sister. I offered a 15-year prison sentence based on that… it was a different relationship.

“These two young men were reportedly eaten alive in the state prison system.”

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The victim – who is now 13 – had a baby two weeks ago and one of the two brothers is the father.

Berkstresser noted that in the past he had been tough on Amish sex criminals, but said the crooked brothers were “very immature.”

“But within the Amish community who mostly live in the Seymour area, (the Amish) don’t see the authority we have to do anything to them. It was a difficult case to pursue, ”he said.

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