** – * DO THE AMISH GET SPECIAL TREATMENT?

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ABSOLUTELY HORRIFIC!

**    The victims have acted out sexually with relatives, classmates, and customers at a farm where they previously lived. That prompted social services to separate the victims from their families and peers and place them in separate homes where alarms are installed on their bedroom doors and windows.
     The girls essentially live in isolation: they cannot attend church, they are home schooled, and they cannot see each other or other relatives.
     “They don’t want to be doing this,” Caseworker Lauren Grimm testified, “but it’s almost instinct for them.
 

     “They don’t know how to stop.”
From the DA’s press release immediately below.
     This is absolutely horrific!

SMUCKER SENTENCED

*    The DA’s press release (click here):
     An East Earl man will serve at least 38 years in prison for years of sexual abuse of four pre-teenage girls, abuse which has inflicted permanent trauma on the victims who are now struggling with instinctual sexually deviate behaviors.
     David S. Smucker, 75, declined to say anything about the crimes or issue an apology to the victims, as Lancaster County Judge Dennis Reinaker sentenced him to 38 to 76 years in prison.
     Judge Reinaker acknowledged the number of years in the sentence is somewhat symbolic, considering Smucker’s age, but said he had to consider Smucker’s “evil” behavior.
     Assistant District Attorney Fritz Haverstick said Smucker has not shown any remorse since the abuse was disclosed, and the prosecutor accurately predicted Smucker would not change that course at Friday’s sentencing hearing.
     “I think he’s a coward. I don’t think he has a shred of remorse,” ADA Haverstick said in court. “He used (the girls) as sex toys. They existed for his sexual gratification.”
     Smucker previously pleaded no contest to 20 felony charges, including rape of a child.
     ADA Haverstick called a caseworker with Lancaster County Children & Youth Services to provide stirring testimony of her interactions with the four victims.
     The victims have acted out sexually with relatives, classmates, and customers at a farm where they previously lived. That prompted social services to separate the victims from their families and peers and place them in separate homes where alarms are installed on their bedroom doors and windows.
     The girls essentially live in isolation: they cannot attend church, they are home schooled, and they cannot see each other or other relatives.
     “They don’t want to be doing this,” Caseworker Lauren Grimm testified, “but it’s almost instinct for them.
     “They don’t know how to stop.”
     ADA Haverstick said there is no telling how many individuals will be impacted by Smucker’s “depraved” behavior – the caseworker said there are likely too many effected persons to count.
     Judge Reinaker said he has had many sexual abuse cases involving a defendant from the Amish faith.
     “You are the first who has refused” to take responsibility, Judge Reinaker said.
     An admission or showing of remorse, Judge Reinaker said, can assist victims in the healing process.
     “Your refusal… has deprived them of even that small measure of healing,” the judge said.
     Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Nelson Renno filed charges.

SENTENCING TODAY

      David Smucker is scheduled to be sentenced this morning at 9:00 am by Judge Dennis Reinaker after pleading no contest to 25 felony counts of child sexual abuse including incest. The above from today’s court calendar refers to it as a “Sentencing Hearing.” His docket states he will be sentenced today.
Please check back later today.

8 Responses to ** – * DO THE AMISH GET SPECIAL TREATMENT?

  1. Anonymous says:

    So the county’s answer is to lock the kids up, too? Ever hear of therapy, psychologists, etc.? WTF?

  2. Anonymous says:

    As he is old and sickly he will probably end up where Bill Cosby is. I hear this is a pretty cushy facility. Smucker will be living better than he ever did in a cold, drafty, unelectrified Amish farmhouse.

  3. my goodness says:

    Thank you Judge Reinaker. I really didn’t believe that you would dole out any equitable justice as he is an Amishman – hands off. Hopefully the Amish community will get the message that this type of behavior will no longer be tolerated.

    • Anonymous says:

      I doubt it. This is one of the first time an Amish sex offender didn’t get his a** kissed by the court. Anyway. Thank you Judge Reinaker.

  4. Anonymous says:

    The Amish are pigs

  5. Old & Canadian says:

    I was also sexually molested as a young lad and the trauma lasts a lifetime.
    This sentence is not hefty enough as only death may bring a true reassurance for his victims.
    What he did has created a cycle of abuse and we will never truly know the impact because many victims of abuse, go on to abuse and the cycle goes and goes and goes.
    I will never fully trust another and I have struggled my entire life.
    The trauma that is caused goes beyond the individual and hurts everyone that ever knows them.

  6. barryinwinnipeg says:

    I felt three reactions to this sentencing. First, look at the face of the perp and you see the face of evil. His ‘religious background’ has nothing to do with this. His behavior is just evil. Second, as a former Lancaster County Children and Youth caseworker (2002-2004), I still carry the scars of secondary traumatization from the child sexual abuse cases I handled. I know that the caseworkers assigned to this case will need some positive self-care as well, and I hope they get it, though while I was with the agency, not a lot of energy was spent in helping the affected caseworkers. Finally, about the victims. There is such a thing as therapy, and their community needs to get past its fear of outsiders and provide it to the victims. What a tragedy!

  7. smh says:

    How fortuitous judge Reinaker!

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