"He says he just punched in the number hoping to have a conversation with someone," he said. "He said it was random. Everything else he said seemed to be true. But I'll find out more after his phone is forensically examined."
Jerry Beasley, director of the Menno-Hof, a nonprofit information center in Shipshewana in northern Indiana that teaches visitors about the Amish and Mennonite, said it's unusual for Amish to use either cellphones or landlines in their homes, but some do use community phones. They also have phones at their businesses and use cellphones for business, he said.
"The idea is they don't want to introduce the phones into the homes because they don't want it to detract from family life. As you might imagine, if they had the phone inside they would spend time on the phone and in their mind take away from the family time," he said.
Yoder was released on a $20,000 bond on June 17. The horse and buggy were released to Yoder's family.
Pennington said the girl and her family handled the situation perfectly, saying they locked the messages instead of deleting them and turned the cellphone over to police.
"It was good communication between the girl and her mother and the mother not being afraid to turn that directly over to the police department," he said.