In, the small county of Bolling Green, Missouri, an Amish man, Chester A. Mast, 26, has been accused of sex crimes across (2) two states; Missouri and Wisconsin. He has pleaded guilty to the Missouri charges.
Guilty Plea (Missouri)
- 2-counts of Felony Statutory Rape
- 2-counts of Statutory Sodomy
- 1-count of Sexual Misconduct of a child
- 14-years in prison
Pending Charges (Wisconsin)
- 1-count of Felony Sexual Assault
- 1-count of Incest
- 5-minors between Missouri and Wisconsin
- 3-victims have been identifed as Amish
The 26-year old Amish man, Chester A. Mast, made his declaration as one of his victims, his wife and parents sat nearby and his 2-week old newborn daughter waited with a nanny in the hallway outside.
Mast admitted to the 2-counts of felony statutory rape, 2-counts of statutory sodomy and 1-count of sexual misconduct involving a child in exchange for a 14-year prison sentence. Nevertheless, whether 1-year, 14-years, or life in prision, he still faces charges in Wisconsin for crimes not related to this plea bargin.
Mast, who was not born Amish but rather adopted at the age of 5-years old, blames those of the Amish faith for viewing him as an automatic sinner becuase he is not a true-blooded Amish person and believes that many of the Amish community lied about things that he was acused of doing. According to Mast, “They said a lot of things that were not true,” he said. “They did lie about a lot of things.”
In a probable cause statement to the Pike County Sheriff’s Department at the time of his arrest in late May, Mast admitted to sex crimes between July 2007 and March 2009 with a girl who was under 17. He also admitted to sexual misconduct with a minor in August 2009.
The incidents in Wisconsin allegedly took place between July 1 and Nov. 1, 2004.
Pike County Sheriff Stephen Korte began the investigation after his department was contacted by the Amish on April 19. Monday’s plea bargain prevents Fisher from pursuing charges against Mast in what the prosecutor said were at least four other cases of sexual offenses allegedly committed by Mast when he was a juvenile. The plea bargain clears the way for the Wisconsin charges to be prosecuted. If convicted, Mast faces 62 years behind bars there.
Mast’s family declined to answer any interviews.