Two brothers, one 22 years old and the other 18, each face six felony counts of statutory rape and one count of incest for allegedly having sexual relations with their sister, who was 13 years old when the alleged actions occurred.
The alleged crimes were unveiled on June 6 when, during the course of an investigation by the Webster County Sheriff’s Department, it was discovered that the 13-year-old victim was pregnant, Cpl. Ryan Wells said.
Both men are members of Seymour’s Amish community and reside on Short State Highway P, about six miles north of Seymour.
Charged with first-degree felonies are 22-year-old Aaron C.M. Schwartz and 18-year-old Petie C.M. Schwartz.
Per Wells’ probable-cause statement, when he discovered that the 13-year-old girl was pregnant, she disclosed to the doctor that she had been having sexual intercourse with her siblings. Identified by the young teenager as the siblings were the aforementioned brothers.
Both Aaron C.M. Schwartz and Petie C.M. Schwartz were interviewed by Wells at their home.
“Aaron said he and (his sister) had engaged in sexual intercourse approximately six times over the course of the previous year,” Wells wrote in his report. “Aaron was asked for (his sister’s) birthday and provided it, showing he knew her age to be 12 to 13 years old at the time of the sexual intercourse.”
When Aaron C.M. Schwartz was asked if it was going to happen again, he told Wells in the interview, “Not to a little one like that.”
Wells then questioned Petie C.M. Schwartz, who, per the report, said he also had engaged in sexual intercourse with his younger sister a “half dozen” times. Additionally, he said he knew that his sister’s age was 12 and 13 years old at the time of the sexual acts.
Formal charges were filed against the brother on Thursday, July 2, by Kara S. Hofman-Johnson, an assistant prosecuting attorney for Webster County.
Both brothers were charged with six counts of statutory rape and one count of sodomy.
The bond amount for each brother was set at $100,000 when warrants for their arrest were served last Thursday by county deputies. Both brothers posted bond, the court docket said Monday.
On Tuesday morning, both brothers were before Webster County Associate Circuit Court Judge Chuck Replogle for a hearing. Per terms of their bond agreement, the brothers are allowed to have contact with their parents; however, contact with their 13-year-old sister is prohibited.
Both brothers also are required to wear an electronic-monitoring device during the duration of the time while out on bond, court records concluded.