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7 Amish charged with attacking other Amish arraigned in Youngstown federal court



Published: Wed, November 23, 2011 @ 10:16 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN

The leader of a breakaway Amish group, three of his sons and three other men appeared in U.S. District Court here this afternoon, charged with with hate crimes in hair-cutting attacks against other Amish.

Magistrate Judge George Limbert ordered them detained by the U.S. Marshals Service pending hearings next week.

Sam Mullet; and his sons Johnny, Lester and Daniel; Levi Miller; Eli Miller; and Emanuel Schrock of Millersburg are charged in the beatings of those who disobeyed Sam Mullet.

Federal authorities said today that Sam Mullet made some members sleep in a chicken coop and had sexual relations with married women to “cleanse them.”

Authorities raided the group’s compound in eastern Ohio earlier today and arrested the seven suspects.

Several members of the group carried out the attacks in September, October and November by forcefully cutting the beards and hair of Amish men and women and then taking photos of them, authorities said.

Cutting the hair is a highly offensive act to the Amish, who believe the Bible instructs women to let their hair grow long and men to grow beards and stop shaving once they marry. One victim told the FBI he would rather have been “beaten black and blue than to suffer the disfigurement and humiliation of having his hair removed,” according to court papers.

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1captainpeewee(55 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

lockem up and throw away the key

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2Ret(38 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

There's trouble in clip clop town tonight

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3Mooneygrad72(42 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Had this been another Waco, your comments would be different. As a religion, the Amish need to be understood, not ridiculed, They are loving people, who believe in strong community and personal ties. When one is ill or suffers a loss, the entire community comes to their aid. Tell when you have seen that in your community. I am very upset with the hair cutting and rape of the women. The "excommunicated" or regendage Amish are vile to have preformed this cruel deed. Another misunderstood religion is the Mennoites, again -- community bound. As an American, I see the Amish as an old time religion, strange to you and I but nonetheless, their way of life. I could easily follow many of their beliefs. I have few modern tech items that others find as needs. ( no mobile phone, ipods, video games..) You need to read up on their ideas and lifestyles and then perhaps, you will have a SMALL cognitive insight into their ways. I miss seeing the buggies, and the people. I moved away back in 88, and when I return to the area, I make a trip to their area and become refreshed. As an "English" I am ashamed of these treatments.

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