A frankly creepy story has hopefully come to an end in Lancaster County.

Lancaster Rural HomesLast November you might have caught a report of an intruder entering Amish homes in eastern Lancaster County.

The man in both cases would touch Amish females while they slept. He would speak to them and then leave.

A 27-year-old Lancaster County man was arrested Friday and charged in one incident in East Earl township:

According to police, Schwanke entered a Plain sect home in the 400 block of Weaverland Valley Road the night of Oct. 1 and touched a woman sleeping in a lower level bedroom in an effort to waken her. He then fled the home and nothing was taken.

Responding to the scene, police gathered fingerprints from objects that were moved from a window sill by the suspect in order to gain entrance to the bedroom.

The prints were sent to the Pennsylvania State Police laboratory in Harrisburg. They came back this week as belonging to Schwanke, whose prints were on file.

Something similar happened in a neighboring township (Caernarvon) in July. No word on if charges have been filed regarding that incident.

Additionally, members of the Amish community suggested a further two incidents may have gone unreported.

Hopefully this means Amish in Lancaster County can sleep more soundly, as these reports suggest the perpetrator was targeting Amish residences.

Lancaster County photo by Ed C.

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