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Girls allege fondling by 5 New Wilmington area Amish men

| Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011

State police are trying to learn the identities of five Amish males from the New Wilmington area who are accused of grabbing and fondling three girls -- ages 12 and 13 -- during a horse auction along Route 208 in Wilmington Township.

The girls told troopers they were at a play area Friday night while their families were inside when they were accosted by the men -- ranging in age from 18 to 25 -- who appeared to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, state police said on Tuesday. The girls told troopers that if they did not heed the men's demands, they were grabbed and punched.

One girl who was dragged down several steps required hospital treatment, troopers said. Police said several witnesses corroborated the girls' accounts and that investigators have leads to the identities of the men.

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