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Amish man accused of sexual assault

A man who grew up in Amish communities has been charged with incest and sexual assault of a minor. Investigators claim he victimized at least six girls, ages five to 15, over the last 10 years.

The Amish community tried to handle the problem internally, but finally had to turn to law enforcement.

Read A crisis in Amish country, in NYTimes.com.

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Another sad story. Chester Mast is a pedophile. I hope that his wife understands the truth about her husband (someone educating her about him) – the best way to handle him is to keep him out of her life, protecting her children from their father (who could abuse any daughters that they might have).

Donna,

Very sad – but what jumped right out at me ADOPTED. It would be interesting to know if Chester Mast was adopted from an Amish birth parent or English, for genetic purposes.

I live in a large Amish community, most of my neighbors and many of my dear friends are Amish. With the relatively small “genetic pool” within the Amish population, I have often wondered about genetic testing for certain disorders. For instance, there is almost NO autism amongst the Amish (and yes they do get vaccinated). There are actually several forms of mental retardation that are only found in the Amish. There also seems to be a disproportionate amount of cases of downs syndrome and dwarfism among the Amish.

There is a clinic in our area that does research and treats the genetic mental retardation in our Amish population. It would be interesting to understand why they do not have certain disorders such as autism and what about ASPD’s?

Just my ramblings…

I wish the article had said if he was adopted from inside or outside the sect.’
‘Some of the various levels of Amish and Mennonite allow their kids to “go to town” and live among the “English” and decide if they want to come back or stay in the “world” with the “English,” so there is an outflow of their youngsters, though many if not most do return to live in the sect.

I wonder if that practice would tend to sort out and outsource from the community the ones within it who tended toward higher risk taking and excitement,hich might include those with high P traits as well.

I used to be acquainted with some FORMER Amish people who left the sect and settled in the “English” world. He was a serial cheater on his wife and very narcissistic. The practicing Amish that I have known (quite a few) who stayed within the sect were all as far as I could tell good, hardworking folks and practiced honesty.

Makes me wonder though if that’s why their custom of letting the teeangers have a time in “town” because somehow they knew the trouble makers wouldn’t come back. GREAT idea. Almost as good as the Inuit one of “push them off the ice when no one is looking.” LOL

Oxy, I too have heard of the young people being granted the right to go to town and live in the world of the English, so that they can make a “choice” of which world they want to live in. I wonder what happens to a young Amish girl if she becomes pregnant. Is she allowed to return without judgement? Perhaps her child adopted into a married couple in the community? Perhaps that might explain the S genes arrival on the scene, and maybe explain why a young girl would high-tail it away from the S father and back to a safe community…Just musing here. I don’t know.

Kim those are my thoughts also. There was a TV detective story (“Criminal Minds” I think it was) done on a couple of young Amish girls who went to the city, one was murdered in the city, the other one came back home and was only a few weeks preg, and she married her back home beau and had the baby…..

I think in any voluntary and close community which has strict rules that those living there must abide by that it would tend to push out the psychopaths—–except in situations like cults where they rise to the top and become dictators and change the rules to fit their own desires (like the rebel mormons and Tony Alamo)

Wow, Oxy – I’ve lived among the Amish for most of my adult life and never even thought about “maybe they knew the troublemakers wouldn’t come back” That is really something to ponder on. And it really would push out the psychopaths. I will ask some of my friends about this.

In our large Amish community, we are referred to as “Yankees” rather than “English” and those who leave the religion are called “Yankovers”. While I would not want to generalize, most of the “Yankovers” I have come across definitely are not your most upstanding citizens (a nice way to put it).

At age 16, the kids are encouraged to participate in rumspringa “running around”. It is kind of a get it out of your system, then get on with a productive life. In our community a very large percentage choose to join the church and get married after their taste of freedom. Most of the kids here do not actually leave home, they just PARTY and believe me NO ONE parties like a bunch of Amish kids.

Donna, you asked about Amish kids being adopted. It is usually an unmarried young girl pregnant by a non-amish man that would give her baby up, then to a family member only. If she becomes pregnant by an Amish boy an immediate wedding takes place, period. I do know of several families who have adopted children through agencies just as we would do. Also, there are a number of Amish foster homes in our county that have non Amish foster children.

Oxy has given me something to think about as far as a lack of psychopaths in the Amish religion, but I still can’t figure out why the medical community has not done more research into the lack of Autism and what that means. Genetic or something about their lifestyle such as not being subjected to electricity ???
Hmmm

Makes me think of one of my favorite movies WITNESS with Harrison Ford. I sometime’s envy the Amish people, it seems like such a peaceful life, lot’s of hard work but a simple life. Wonder what they think of same sex marriage? All humor aside this is a sad story, wasnt there a Amish guy who killed a bunch of young Amish girls in a country school a few years back?

I was wondering if the high incidence of Dwarfism and Downs syndrome kids born to the Amish people could be the result of a gene pool where people may be marrying people who are related to them some time back. smaller gene pool. Just like the “Village Idiot” syndrome there used to be in small villages in Scotland and England, people had little in the way of transport, seldom left their village of origin, gen e pool got over used. Resulting in more doubling of birth defects.
Just a thought.
Love, mama Gem.

Hens;

I could never accept the movie’s beginning. I would never, ever, let a little boy go to the men’s room in 30th Street Station alone…

Milo,

but I still can’t figure out why the medical community has not done more research into the lack of Autism and what that means.

They have and are doing research on this and other things as well in the amish communities. For example here is one that was just presented earlier this year:

http://imfar.confex.com/imfar/2010/webprogram/Paper7336.html

And here is another that looked at other genetic issues in Old Order Amish children http://www.nejm.org/doi/pdf/10.1056/NEJMoa052773

There are more but these are a good example of some of the stuff that has been done and is being done.

behindblueeyes – I agree with you but the Amish mother didn’ know such evil existed.

BloggerT7165,

Thanks so much for the links, my curiosity about this subject appreciates all the studies I can learn from.

Several years ago, at the height of the vaccine controversy, the doctor that heads our local clinic stated that out of his 15,000 patients, he had only one patient with Autism. Over 50% of his patients had been vaccinated. That just blew me away because at that time the government statistics were at 1 in 166 for Autism.

This clinic experiences some of the rarest of the rare, studying some 37 different genetic diseases and inherited metabolic disorders among the Amish. I just read that they are now doing research into ADSL deficiency, which is an inherited disorder that results in psychomotor retardation AND autistic behaviors. Let’s pray that some of this research will lead to greater knowledge and perhaps a cure or prevention.

MaMaJem – just my personal observation – the Amish population have much larger families and many moms have children born later in life – perhaps why we see increased down’s syndrome. A side note to that, these children are considered a blessing and a true gift from God – it warms my heart at the great acceptance these children receive in this community. From this alone, we could learn so much.

My fascination in this area was also inherited from my dear mother who spent her career teaching special needs children, many of them Amish.

Love – MiLo

Dear Milo,

Any time you have a more or less “closed” genepool recessive traits will come out. My husband was born and raised mostly in easternn Kentucky where the gene pool was a closed system for a long time. His grandfather was a psychician and saw a lot of “odd things>”

Virginia was a closed genepool of the higher classes. In fact, there was some inherited insanity in Thomas Jefferson’s family and a high rate of Psychopaths from generations of first cousins marrying first cousin’s. A great book on this is “Jefferson’s Nephews” about two of his nephews who were apparently psychopaths, in my opinion, though the book didn’t call them that.

Back to discussing the “adopted” child—if he were the child of an Amish girl by an “outsider” then it is quite possible his father was a psychopath and passed on that genetic tendency.

Henry, while the Amish live a “simple” lifestyle, they I think are very much also like the way the old time quakers who also lived a “simple life style.” After a while there are so many RULES about what is SIMPLE that it becomes very complex.

There became so many “rules” within the Quakers about who could marry whom and when and how, that the early quakers lost almost all of their youngsters because no one could meet the requirements of marriage within the sect and so they married out of the sect and were lost to the group. It took many years before the Quakers decided to relax these rules.

“behindblueeyes ”“ I agree with you but the Amish mother didn’ know such evil existed. ”

Hens;

Good reminder.

Well, perhaps it was just the particular Amish community I visited, but horrible animal cruelty, and women totally dominated. Awful memories. Awful.

Dear Neveragain,

I agree with you on the animal cruelty, they as a rule over use, over work and are not careful with their draft animals. I have seen many animals maimed by chains rubbing against their bare legs, etc. I don’t think they “mean” to be uncaring or cruel, but I think it is just the way they are taught. I think they see animals as hammers or axes or other TOOLs not so much as “living, feeling” things.

As for the women being dominated, that again is cultural, I think the women think “that’s just the way it is” and the men as well. I do not have any evidence of men hitting women, or that kind of abuse, mostly just a “dominant” position in the way things are run.

I grew up in a culture where women were not equal to men in family decisions, and actually my family was less so that way than the general community. (At least by the time I came along) but males were valued above female children and were protected by the females no matter what they did. So the females were complicit in the culture.

I have at times been considered “uppity” because I did not cow-tow to males simply because they were males. Oh, well….so be it. I’m an uppity person! LOL

off topic but this idiot Terry Jones pastorspathtard scares me…

You are so RIGHT HENRY—this guy was in a church in Germany only a couple of years ago. I found an article about him today on the net, where that church THREW HIM OUT then because he was so anti-Islamaphobic.

This man is like a nut/wack-job. Funny thing is he looks a lot like my P-sperm donor in the face, and how UNHAPPY he looks, with his mouth turned down.

Here is some “cult leader” who has 20-30 followers (I’ve never seen anyone but HIM talking) in no whereville Florida and now he is on the NEWS and the president is talking to him and he has SO MUCH ATTENTION. Remind you of anyone you know who thinks he is IMPORTANT! ?????

How about Tony Alamo or that Mormon jerk with the teenaged wives? Jonestown (especially since his name is jones?)

Yea, he’s a wack job but someone needs to silence him.

I am ALSO UPSET at the MEDIA WHO STARTED GIVING HIM ALL THIS INTERNATIONAL ATTENTION. News should be reported NOT MADE by the media!

agreed with your take on the media Ox – but this is all I am gonna say cause ya never know who you mite offend…

Frankly Henry, I don’t give a damn! I really in this instance don’t care who I offend. That man is a dangerous wack job and anyone who gives him ink is aiding and abetting his mission to destroy the world! NO one who ferments a religious war just to get attention for himself to gain power for himself deserves one ounce of ink or internet space.

More people have been killed and tortured in the name of Jesus, Allah, X, Y and Z than have been killed in all the other wars I think. We have all had ancestors burned at the stake for their beliefs and had other ancestors who LIT THE FIRES!

Heck even Castro is on the air now saying that his desire to nuke the US was wrong and that their financial system doesn’t even work for Cuba, much less any where else! How about those apples folks! Castro renouncing the REVOLUTION! LOL

Hitler killed 6 million in the name of purity, plus the number of others killed in WWII, Mao killed 60 million…all for one “belief” or another—NOTHING OF SUBSTANCE at all. Makes my blood boil!

The psychopaths of this world want CONTROL and they are willing to sacrifice YOUR LIFE or your kids’ lives for them to have control! And yea, I’m on a rant! but it pithes me off!

Never Again, you said:

“Well, perhaps it was just the particular Amish community I visited, but horrible animal cruelty, and women totally dominated. Awful memories. Awful.”

The very few encounters I’ve had with Amish people have also left me with a very unsettled feeling in my stomach.

Their faces (especially the women) were completely blank, and they never smiled.
Their eyes were completely dead.
No expression there, at all.

I understand the Amish is not a cult, but it felt very cult-like to me.
The only thing missing was their “leader”, like David Koresh (from Branch Davidians) or something like that.

I’m sorry if I’m being ignorant or insensitive, but that’s been my experience with the Amish.

These people supposedly chose to live their lives this way.
This is what they want for themselves, right?
I would think having the freedom to live according to one’s own beliefs would give these people great joy.
That’s why I have a hard time reconciling the dead, blank faces with what the Amish are supposed to be all about.

I understand there are religious/cultural differences in the world.

But, for me, anything that steals your light (joy) is not a good thing.

If walking around with an expressionless face and dead eyes is a “cultural” thing, then the culture needs to be re-examined, I think.

These are just my own thoughts based on my own experiences.

I’m sorry if this is offensive.
I will delete if it is.

yep your right Ox Jesus get’s blamed for a lot of thing’s…

There are various “sects” of the Amish, Mennonites, etc. In my historical studies I have studied the Quakers in their various “incarnations” through history.

The Quakers, (they call themselves “Friends”) llived “simple” lives according to the times, they didn’t dress with lots of foll-de-roll, like the uppper crust did, and their hats were pllain, they were sometimes called “broad brims” because their hats were broad and flat, very plain. The women wore modest dresses and aprons in prescribed colors when they went out, they called each other “thee and thous” etc. and they treated women equally with men in their religious services.

They were hard working and prospered. They developed rules that their young couldn’t marry until they could support a family so many young men whose fathers were not wealth enough to provide them a farm or store didn’t marry until 30+, but the “NON-Rules” became so rigid that in order to keep up with them it took the JOY out of your life. YOung people married out of the sect and were kicked out of the sect. (They kept great records though!!!)

The Amish are in some ways, I think, similar to the old style Quakers, their rules about what is NOT plain go into how many bangles you can have on your harness on your buggy, the color of the dress the women wear and so on, RULES, RULES AND MORE RULES. I have visited with some who were not so “rule bound” and they seemed to take good care of their livestock, but they were not the “full fledged” farm with horses Amish.

So there are variations in the different groups I think. In some there seems to be what most of us outsiders might think of as “cultish”—-but on the other hand WHAT IS A CULT? A Catholic monastary would be viewed as a “cult” couldn’t it? YOu give them all your money take a vow of silence and poverty and join up? Sounds “cultish” to me. Is it a CULT? Is it more or less of a cult than the rebel Mormons? Or David Koresh? Or Tony Alamo? Or Synanon which started out apparently as a drug rehab group and turned into a personality cult?

I have seen various “churches” in different towns almost become like that church in Florida witha “prophet” type who lays down all the rules. Is that a cult? Or a church? Or what?

Unfortunately many of the ones who are psychopathic do their evil deeds in the NAME OF JESUS or the NAME OF ALLAH and are willing to back it up with guns and IEDs and Suicide bombs.

I saw a short interview with Diane Sawyer last night and she was talking about the time she interviewed Saadam and she was asking him tough questions, like “Do you imprison people or kill them who disagree with you?” she said she could hear the intake of breath in the room among his henchmen standing against the wall, and he basically told her “doesn’t everyone who is in power? Don’t you do that in the US?” She said she realized then that he had NO idea that how he acted was not how every ruler acted. (or should act)

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