Amish Man Arrested for a "Weiner Moment" with a Minor
Anyone that knows me personally knows how much I love the Amish. In a heartbreaking moment this week I read that an Indiana Amish man has been arrested for sending 600 text messages along with lewd images to a 12-year old girl.
If I have understood correctly the Amish have not partaken in the latest of technology for years, let alone know how to text. How could this possibly happen? Was this a steam powered cell phone- or was it left over from an Amish Rumpspringa? When I think of phones for the Amish all I can think of is two cans and a string.
On June 15th Willard Yoder, 26, entered a not guilty plea for four counts of child solicitation after being arrested June 15. Yoder had initially dialed this young girl at random and although the texting was innocent at first he eventually asked her for a “if this buggy is a rockin-don't come a knockin" moment. After many texts Yoder finally told her that he was a 21-year old Amish man and the young girl's cell phone was immediately relinquished to her mother.
The mother, pretending to be her daughter, repeatedly told Yoder how old her child was. After non-stop phone calls she finally gave the cell to the Indiana State Police. They found at least 600 sent text messages including requests for photos as well as video and photos of Yoder. After a sting was set up he was finally arrested. Yoder said that he had just dialed the random number hoping to have a conversation with someone.
Having visited Intercourse, PA. a few times I was told never to take pictures of the Amish because it is an unacceptable act of pride for them. I have always believed that the Amish were above all ordinary people who simply chose a different way of life. So someone please enlighten me as to what happened to this man? I have read that many Amish now have a phone in the barn for their businesses and apparently cell phones have now replaced the landlines. But isn’t texting while driving a horse drawn buggy illegal?Continued on the next page