Total Depravity: The Amish Edition

While scandals among Catholics and Evangelicals are nearly daily fare, the Amish have been fairly immune to the sorry effects of total depravity.  Is it because there are fewer of them?  Probably not.  We probably just don’t hear about them.  Till now.

A 26-year-old Amish man has been charged with sexually assaulting five underage girls in Missouri and Wisconsin, including a cousin of his, authorities said Tuesday. Chester Mast, of Curryville, Mo., was arrested in late May after authorities were contacted by members of Pike County, Mo., Amish community, an “Old Order Amish” community that shuns such amenities as electricity, phones and cars. Pike County Sheriff Stephen Korte said Tuesday that Mast sexually assaulted four girls in Missouri and one in Wisconsin who ranged in age from 5 to 15 years old. Two of the Missouri girls were Amish and two weren’t, and the Wisconsin victim was his cousin, who is Amish, authorities said.

This time Chester really is a molester.