* SENTENCING TOMORROW
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* This comment came in just as this site went down so I’m also posting it here. Actually, according to LNP his bail was dropped to $500,000 unsecured but the rest of this comment is dead on. When are we going to protect the children?
Then there’s the latest. A 75 year old Amish man David Smucker is arrested and charged with 24 counts of child molesting. He was in LCP on two million dollars bail. Stedman goes along with dropping his bail to two hundred thousand, and a move to Whispering Hope. This is an unsecured facility and Smucker is a danger to the community. Craig must be going for the Amish vote?
This email in (thank you):
Attached is a docket sheet for David Fisher.
He is a conservative Mennonite church minister that didn’t report abuse in Huntingdon County, Pa. He wanted to “deal with it within the church.“ I understand a plea deal of 24-48 months is on the table, but the judge ordered a background review before Thursday’s sentencing.
This case is attracting some attention because FINALLY a conservative leader is getting nailed for covering known abuse with in the church. Several victim’s advocacy organizations are pushing for max sentencing, to send a message to these plain leaders. I also understand, that this man is Social Security exempt (as is popular with Amish and conservative Mennonites). During this case he claimed he was exempt from mandated reporting because of his SS exemption.
This SS exemption belief is also popular among the Lancaster County conservative Mennonites. I’m glad to see it is getting dealt with. Oh, back to the SS exemption – the prosecution was able to win by stating he conducted several marriages, using the “power vested in me by the state.”
There have been several news stories posted by central Pa newspapers and TV stations.
Just a heads up for Thursday – as this story will affect Lancaster County.
Please check back later today and be patient as I correct the look of this site after Monday’s disaster!