Brothers Aaron C.M. Schwartz, 22, and Petie C.M. Schwartz, 18, both members of the Highway C Amish community north of Seymour, are headed to prison for 15 years after a circuit judge late Thursday afternoon determined they had violated terms of their probation agreement, the result of a plea agreement reached after the brothers admitted to engaging in sexual intercourse with their sister, who was 12 and 13 years old at the time of the crimes.
The sister later had a baby born of the sexual assault with the two aforementioned brothers, as well as two other brothers, who weren’t charged because they are minors.
Once 30th Circuit Court Judge Michael O. Hendrickson made his ruling, the brothers were placed in handcuffs and taken to the Webster County Jail, located just northeast of the Webster County Courthouse in Marshfield.
Details of the probation violation were discussed in Thursday’s hearing, which began at 3 p.m. and ended at 3:24 p.m. The prosecution, led by Webster County Prosecuting Attorney Ben Berkstresser, noted that the two brothers, despite being directly order not to do so, moved back into the family home on Short State Highway P, where their sister, now 13 years old, resides. During testimony, both brothers admitted that this occurred, citing that they weren’t aware they couldn’t return to the family home, although each signed a plea agreement clearly stating this was a condition of their probation.
Also noted in the hearing was each brother’s letter of apology to the Amish community, another condition of their plea agreement and probation.
Berkstresser told the court that the letters were exactly the same; the only difference on each was a signature.
More on Thursday’s hearing will appear in next week’s October 28 edition of the Webster County Citizen and on our website.
Only three reporters were allowed to attend the hearing, including one from the Citizen.