Neighbor: 'Amish Molestation Runs Rampant'

By Nicole Pence

June 18, 2010 Updated Apr 25, 2008 at 11:13 PM EDT

(Fort Wayne, Indiana--Indiana's NewsCenter)

An Amish man in Adams County is behind bars...accused of having sex with three of his daughters. Nicole Pence has been investigating this case for the past two-weeks, and Friday, a major development. She has the exclusive story.

The Adams County prosecutor today filed "incest and molestation charges" against 55-year-old Andy Eicher of Berne. Police arrested the Amish man late Friday afternoon, on five felony counts. The alleged information would likely "never" have made it to police without a neighbor who listened when one of the daughters cried-out for help.

We warn you, some of this information is disturbing.

Cherie Dailey/Neighbor of Amish Family: " We knew in our hearts that the Church was not qualified to handle it and no one was above the law because of their religion...It is so rampant in the Amish community and someone needs to break the cycle and bring it out and hold people accountable so these girls will not be ashamed."

Dailey's talking about allegations of incest and child molestation that she helped police file against her neighbor, 55-year old Amish man, Andy Eicher. According to court papers, Eicher's 16-year old daughter confided in Dailey, that her father apparently, began "touching her in a sexual manner", as early as age five... "mainly when she was helping with chores in the family barn."

Cherie Dailey/Neighbor of Amish Family: "She just came to us one day and said she had enough and she couldn't stand it anymore."

Dailey says she first confronted the Amish mother, who has 14-other children, nine of whom are girls.

Cherie Dailey/Neighbor of Amish Family: "She stood there and related to this type of sin that Andy was doing was just the same as if someone was drinking a beer, or if they didn't have their bonnets on if they had a buggy."

The teen girl also told police her father had "intercourse with her on more than 20-occasions"... Eventually, two other daughters came forward and told police similar stories.

During their investigation, officers also interviewed the Amish man's bishop, who said, the "defendant, Andy Eicher, had already confessed his sins to god..."

In a interview with police in November, Andy Eicher did not deny the incest or molestation allegations, but told the officer he "did not remember doing so."

Nicole Pence: “The young girl came to you in October... You (Dailey) told police in November... And they arrested him in April. Satisfied?”

Cherie Dailey/Neighbor of Amish Family: "No I am not satisfied. This took entirely too long. They treated this case different. If it hadn't been an Amish person."

Eicher's being held on a 20-thousand dollar bond. The Adams County Sheriff says Andy Eicher evoked his religious right not to be photographed for a mug shot, at this time.

Indiana’s NewsCenter was told Child Protective Services is working with the family.




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