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FBI Arrests 7 In Ohio Amish Hair-Cutting Attacks

Agnus Dei Farrant |
November 23, 2011 | 8:36 p.m. PST

Executive Producer

(Photo courtesy of Creative Commons).
(Photo courtesy of Creative Commons).
The FBI arrested seven members of a breakaway Amish group Wednesday with hate crime charges for the hair-cutting attacks against other Amish.

Authorities raided the group's eastern Ohio compound. Members of the group forcibly cut the beards and hair of Amish men and women and took photos of them from September to November, authorities told the Associated Press.

The most serious charges could carry a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted, the Department of Justice said in a statement Wednesday.

The statement also said that according to the affidavit filed in support of the arrest warrants, the group conspired to carry out the assaults because they were having a religiously-based dispute.

"In doing so, the defendants forcibly restrained multiple Amish men and cut off their bears and head hair with scissors and battery-powered clippers," the statement said, "causing bodily injury to these men while also injuring others who attempted to stop the attacks."

The seven men charged are: Samuel Mullet Sr.; Johnny S. Mullet; Daniel S. Mullet; Levi F. Miller; Eli M. Miller; Emanuel Schrock and Lester S. Mullet. They are being charged with willfully causing bodily injury to any person, or attempting to do so by use of a dangerous weapon, because of the actual or perceived religion of that person.

According to the AP, cutting the hair is a highly offensive act in the Amish community. The Amish follow the Bible's instructions for women to grow their hair long and men to grow beards and stop shaving once they marry.


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