Two brothers in Missouri avoided jail time for impregnating their 12-year-old sister because Webster County Prosecutor Ben Berkstresser feared they’d, “be eaten alive” in prison.
The abuse became known when a doctor told authorities that the victim had just turned 13 and she was pregnant. She had told the doctor that four of her brothers, two minors, had been having sex with her, according to the Webster County Citizen.
The baby was born just two weeks ago. The two oldest brothers, Aron Schwartz, 22, and Pete, 18, told police they had raped her at least half a dozen times at their home in Seymour, Missouri. This all began when she was 12, according to New York Post.
Aron and Pete were initially charged with six counts of statutory rape and one count of incest. These were later reduced to third-degree child molestation, which is a Class C felony.
A plea deal was reached for 15 years in prison, but was suspended. The Berkstresser said it was a “different relationship” than if a “parent in a position of authority sexually abused or exploited their child,”. He believes the convicts are “very immature”.
According to the prosecutor, the Amish community has punished all four boys very severely.
The convicted brothers have to complete a Missouri Sex Offender Treatment Program and 100 hours of community service.
“Both young men must write a letter to me, explaining how they are going to protect their children from this happening to them. They have 30 days to get this letter to me,” said Berkstresser.
If the offenders don not submit the letter within the month, they get their jail time.