‘I Cannot Imagine What This Poor Child Went Through’

Woodbury woman convicted of domestic assault and malicious punishment of a child.

A Woodbury woman was convicted today for malicious punishment of a child and domestic assault after she made her boyfriend’s daughter kneel on the floor while holding a chair above her head and sent her to school wearing a shirt that read: “I am a thief.”

Ahavel Scherz, 27, faces up to a year in prison stemming from the April incidents, according to a release from the Washington County Attorney’s Office. Her boyfriend, the father of the 13-year-old girl, was also charged.

When the girl’s arms could no longer remain fully extended while she was holding the chair, Scherz would strike the girl repeatedly with a wooden spoon, the release says, and the girl suffered numerous bruises on her arms and legs.

The next day Scherz wrote, “My name is (the girl’s name) and I am a thief” on the front of a shirt and “I have been stealing my dad’s girlfriend’s clothes…I am a thief” on the back, and forced the girl to wear the shirt to school, according to the release.

School officials reported the incident to police.

“I cannot imagine what this poor child went through that night and following day,” Washington County Attorney Pete Orput said in a statement. “Adding to that pain she was forced to come into court and relive that horrible experience in order to bring Scherz to justice. I am proud that our Washington County citizens have brought some justice to this brave little girl. Hopefully, this will send a message to parents that there is a line that cannot be crossed in disciplining our children.”

Garrett Scott Jensen, the girl’s father, has a hearing set for Aug. 27, according to a Pioneer Press story, and his trial is planned for October.


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Rich Poor August 26, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Please lock her up forever
woodtick August 26, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Please Steve, I appreciate your comment however, no human is capable of "truly doing God's work". The prosecutor is just doing the job he was educated for and appointed to and he does it well. God, does not prosecute people, he forgives! Prosecutors must be unforgiving in order to successfully make a conviction. That's why God is God, superior to all and we must not bring God into the justice system. I know of a young girl in the neighborhood that was druged, brutalized and sexually molested by another couple of teens and "this poor child" was told there was insufficent evidence to prosecute the perps. Do you think God will intervene some day and punish these perps for what they have taken from another child? Can you imagine the cross SHE has to bear. Beatings may physically heal and the pain, in time will be soothed. However, criminal sexual assult, unpunished, will never go away especially when I see the perps with a smerk on their faces. Imagine how the victim must feel when she comes face to face in public.................If prosecution was "Gods" work, he would have dropped a couple of real bad-a** lightening bolts on the nasty little people!!!!!!!
Chuck Kaiser August 26, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Thanks woodtick, for sparing me from having to post my thoughts, essentially duplicating yours!
woodtick August 27, 2012 at 02:43 PM
No prob Dale. Thank you. Criminal acts like this by either adult on a minor or minor on minor should be prosecuted with extreme prejudice. Zero tolerance. Unfortunately, for these victims, zero tolerance has just become some ill-used words due to manipulation and reconfiguration of our Judicial system.
Kris Janisch January 21, 2013 at 06:43 PM
Garrett Scott Jensen, the girl’s father, has been sentenced, per the Pioneer Press: http://ht.ly/gZPxO


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