Back in November 2009, three of a family of six men accused of sexual crimes against children in Lafayette County, Missouri, were suspended as lay ministers by the Community of Christ church. The six were jailed and felony charges were issued for forcible sodomy, rape with a child younger than 12 and use of a child in a sexual performance.
The Mohler family members will not be brought to trial.
A prosecutor said yesterday that she was dropping all charges against five men accused of sexually molesting young relatives on a U.S. farm more than 20 years ago, saying she doubted she could convince a jury that the bizarre claims were true.
The father, an ordained minister, was accused of conducting weddings in which young girls were married to older relatives so that they could have sex.
Two of the men spent more than two years behind bars before being freed on bond in recent weeks. 74-year-old Darryl Mohler, who faced charges, died in his sleep at home.