Judge: Testimony about sex OK at Ohio Amish trial

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Associated Press

Posted on August 20, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 20 at 7:01 PM

CLEVELAND (AP) — Prosecutors will be able to tell jurors about an allegation that a man charged with masterminding beard- and hair-cutting attacks on fellow Amish in Ohio offered "sex counseling" to Amish wives.

A federal judge ruled Monday that he'll allow testimony about the man's sexual activities with married women.

Sixteen Amish are charged in beard- and hair-cutting attacks and face trial next week in Cleveland.

The government says the sexual "counseling" of wives by Samuel Mullet Sr. shows the control he had over followers at their eastern Ohio farm.

The Plain Dealer in Cleveland (bit.ly/OteqTk) reports that Mullet's attorney argued that the testimony is highly prejudicial.

Cutting a man's beard or a woman's hair is considered highly offensive to the Amish. The defendants say it was a matter of church discipline.

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Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com

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