Christ Stoltzfus

Christ Stoltzfus

An Amish bishop pleaded guilty in Dauphin County court last week to a charge of failure to report child abuse.

Christ M. Stoltzfus, 70, of Elizabethville, entered the plea Thursday before Judge Deborah E. Curcillo and was sentenced to three months probation, according to the Dauphin County District Attorney's Office.

State police launched an investigation in January after a confidential source alleged child sexual abuse in the Amish community.

Officials said a church member told Stoltzfus in 2011 about two cases involving 44-year-old Daniel Ray Fisher, according to previous reports. Stoltzfus reportedly told state police that he'd been told the abuse "wasn't really that bad."

Clergymen are legally required to report child abuse to authorities.

Stoltzfus initially was charged with two counts of failure to report but one of the counts was dismissed at a preliminary hearing June 14, court papers show.

Fisher was charged in November 2016 with inappropriately touching a then 5-year-old girl and charged in January of this year with inappropriately touching a then-10-year-old girl, according to PennLive.

He pleaded guilty in August to charges of aggravated indecent assault without consent, aggravated indecent assault, corruption of minors, unlawful contact with a minor and indecent assault. He is currently awaiting sentencing, according to court documents.

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