MAHAFFEY — An Amish man is lodged in Clearfield County Jail and his wife is on unsecured bail on charges stemming from the alleged sexual assaults of six of eight biological daughters over a period of about 12 years.
Wallace J. Schmucker, 54, of the 200-block of Harvath Lane in Bell Township was charged on Wednesday at District Judge James Glass’ office by Punxustawney-based state police with multiple felony counts of aggravated indecent assault, endangering the welfare of children and corruption of minors; and numerous misdemeanor charges of indecent exposure and indecent assault.
His wife, Sarah A. Schmucker, 52, was charged with four felony counts of endangering the welfare of children.
According to the criminal complaint, on July 13, 2018 a report of suspected child abuse was provided to Childline and Clearfield County Children and Youth Services regarding allegations of sexual molestation by a group of biological sisters against their father.
Troopers interviewed three of Schmuckers now adult daughters, and attended the forensic interviews of three of Schmuckers minor daughters.
The oldest of the eight daughters who is now 27 told troopers that the alleged abuse began in September 2004 when she was 14. She said she was washing her hands in the sink next to the kitchen when her father asked if he could touch her, and he proceeded to lift her dress and touch her inappropriately. At the time, Schmucker was 40 years old.
About a month later, the victim said her father “dropped his pants” in her presence to reveal his private area.
The second-oldest daughter, now 25, told troopers when she was 13, she was in the washroom of the house when her father allegedly pulled up her dress and touched her inappropriately for about 15 minutes. She told police that “it made her feel sad that her dad would do something like that.” At the time, she said Schmucker was between 41 and 43 years old.
She told troopers that he touched her six or seven total times until she turned 15, at which time the molestation stopped. The incidents allegedly occurred in the washroom, basement and kitchen. She told troopers that Schmucker liked to watch his daughters shower and he exposed himself by showing his private area at least two times.
A 24-year-old female, who is the third oldest daughter, stated in the summer or fall of 2008 when she was 14, Schmucker touched her inappropriately over her clothing as she finished using the restroom. She alleged that he touched her a second time in the same fashion and there may have been a year between the two incidents. She said after she turned 16, the molestation stopped, and her father was between 44 and 46 years old at the time.
A 17-year-old daughter was interviewed at the Child Advocacy Center and indicated the first time she was molested by her father was in his bedroom when she was 14 or 15. She said it occurred multiple times up until he was burned in a fire on Jan. 1, 2016, and that these events occurred in various locations throughout the home including the basement near the washing machine, near the canning supplies, and by the stairs. On at least one of the occasions, Wallace Schmucker placed her hand on his private area underneath his clothing. At the time of those incidents, he was between 51 and 52 years old.
Troopers interviewed Wallace Schmucker on July 20, 2018. He admitted to engaging in the conduct described by his daughters, stating “his daughters would not lie.”
Also on July 20, troopers interviewed Sarah Schmucker, the victims’ biological mother. She said that in 2004, a daughter admitted to her that her husband touched her inappropriately, and she in turn told her daughter that touchings like that were “not for people who are not married” and “that is not supposed to happen to her.” However, Sarah Schmuckers did nothing to keep her husband from molesting his daughters after being made aware of the allegations.
Additionally, Sarah Schmuckers told troopers that she became suspicious that her husband was molesting the second oldest daughter, and she was unsure as to whether she talked to the daughter about it. She said she confronted her husband about it and he admitted the allegations to his wife.
Sarah Schmucker said she and her husband agreed that she would help him pray that he could control himself in the future — but she took no action to protect her daughters from him.
More recently, Sarah Schmucker was told by one of the younger daughters in 2015 that Schmucker was trying to molest her. She told her daughter “if he tries again, you are going to tell the church elders.”
Sarah Schmuckers said she did not confront her husband about the younger girl’s allegations because she was under the impression that he did nothing more than attempt to molest the girl, and she did not take any action to protect her daughter.
When asked by troopers what she thought about all of these incidents between her husband and her daughters, Sarah Schmucker said, “Other than those little incidents, I’d say we had a pretty good life.”
Wallace Schmucker was arraigned on Wednesday in front of District Judge James Glass and is lodged in Clearfield County Jail on $250,000 bail.
Sarah Schmucker was arraigned also and was released on $25,000 unsecured bail.
Both are scheduled to appear at preliminary hearings in front of Glass at Centralized Court at CCJ on Wednesday.