It became apparent ahead of the pilot of Breaking Amish that the show was contrived drama about the supposed misadventures of four former Amish and one former Mennonite, all of whom actually left their communities years ago but they’ve been reliving their exits at the behest of producers. TLC quickly admitted “some of the claims are true” regarding the show, once early holes were discovered in the cast’s bios (their names, loose areas of residence, and former religions are all true… but that’s pretty much it).
Heading into episode six, the only arrest that’s been mentioned so far is that of 21-year-old Kate Stoltzfus for drinking and driving in Boca Raton, Florida. And it would appear that was only mentioned because the arrest happened April 2012, right before filming started in May 2012, so her sentencing probably affected production.
Stoltzfus said of her crime: ”I got charged with a D.U.I… it was, like, the worst thing in my life. I’m pretty sure my dad’s gonna freak out. My mom’s gonna cry. It makes me feel like a horrible person… I think it was just a really bad decision and a huge mistake. Just me being stupid and not thinking things clearly.”
However, there have been other arrests. For example, Abe Schmucker, 22, was arrested in 2008 for alcohol intoxication in public. Somehow, he wasn’t booked for underage drinking.
Lastly, last night, CBS 21 confirmed the rumours of the past few weeks that Jeremiah Raber, 32, habitually beat the mother of his three kids, his now ex-wife, Naomi Stutzman, 27. He was even arrested in 2005 for domestic violence.
Stutzman reported Raber’s abuse, over a dozen incidents according to police reports, then filed for divorce and sole custody of their kids. Once she left, she says she was also stalked by Raber.