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    Amish-Mennonite Aid Worker Who Fled to US Over Rape of Boys in Haiti Indicted by Grand Jury on Sex Abuse Charges in Ohio

    Updated: July 3, 2019 at 6:35 pm EST  See Comments

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    MILLERSBURG, Ohio — A U.S.-based aid worker who fled back to the states after it was discovered that he had been sexually abusing boys in Haiti has now been indicted by a grand jury in Ohio for child sexual abuse committed in America.

    Jeriah Mast, 37, a longtime employee of the Amish-Mennonite charity Christian Aid Ministries, was indicted by a Holmes County grand jury on Monday on 14 charges: seven felony counts of gross sexual imposition and seven misdemeanor counts of sexual imposition.

    According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the crimes took place between 1999 and 2008 and involved five youth. The felony charges are for crimes against children under the age of 13 and the misdemeanor charges are for offenses against youth under age 16.

    Mast turned himself in to the Holmes County Jail on Tuesday and is being held on $250,000 bond. He appeared for a hearing via video on Wednesday, where he pled not guilty.

    As previously reported, A Haitian court also desires for Mast to return to the country to face justice for children abused there. A judge had ordered the leadership of Christian Aid Ministries to appear in Haiti with Mast last month, but all failed to show.

    An attorney in the country is representing five of the young men who were allegedly abused by Mast as children, and there are believed to be dozens more.

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