No prison time for two men who raped their 12-year-old sister

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A Missouri court sentenced two men to write a letter of apology to their Amish community after pleading guilty to sexually abusing their sister when she was 12 and 13 years old.

Webster County Prosecuting Attorney Ben Berkstresser explained why he didn’t seek prison time for rapists: “These two young men would’ve been eaten alive in the state prison system.”

From the Webster County Citizen:

Berkstresser said that as part of the plea agreement, the two brothers also must write a letter to him that must be completed in 30 days.

“Both young men must write a letter to me, explaining how they are going to protect their children from this happening to them,” Berkstresser said. “They have 30 days to get this letter to me.”

And it looks like everyone but the victim was rewarded:

Both Schwartz brothers also must pay $250 to the Law Enforcement Restitution Fund (LERF), per the plea agreement, which provides funding to improve the operation of the sheriff’s department and the prosecutor’s office.



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