Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Orthodox Mennonite Man in Manitoba Gets Jail Time for Assaulting Children

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Orthodox Mennonite Man in Manitoba Gets Jail Time for Assaulting Children

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Orthodox Mennonite man gets jail for child assaults

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BRANDON, Man. - A man from an Orthodox Mennonite community in Manitoba has been sentenced to 18 months in jail for assaults on several children.

The man, who cannot be identified, was charged in 2013 after more than 40 children were seized from the community by social workers.

The man earlier pleaded guilty to five counts of assault with a weapon and one count of assault on the victims, who were as young as five.

Court heard that the children were accused of having impure thoughts and were beaten with a leather strap, a hammer handle and an iron poker.

The children were eventually returned after their parents agreed to follow certain discipline guidelines.

Old-order Mennonites typically shun modern conveniences, including electricity and cars, and adhere strictly to Biblical teachings. …

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