Following such assaults one of the attackers would then pose holding up the hair as another follower snapped photos with a disposable camera.
The alleged incidents are considered deeply offensive in Amish culture as the beard is considered a symbol of manhood and faith.
Prosecutors claim Mullet was motivated by religious disagreements between Amish bishops and his group, which has been described as being like a ‘cult’.
The trial is expected to hear details about Mullet’s supposed domination of 18 families living in their isolated settlement near Bergholz, Ohio.
Court documents already filed claim he had kept followers for weeks in chicken coops to ‘cleanse’ them of sinful thoughts and counselled women on how to be ‘sexually satisfied’ before sleeping with them.
During the opening of the trial in Cleveland, Assistant U.S. Attorney Bridget M. Brennan said that ‘every one of these attacks targeted those symbols of Amish righteousness’.
She said some suspects kept the hair they cut, and one defendant took along a disposable camera to take pictures.
She presented one photo to jurors, saying it showed a suspect holding an Amish bishop on the night some defendants broke into his house and cut his beard.
Ms Brennan said: ‘They wanted to see the trophies they collected’.
Court affidavits already filed give more lurid details – Mullet supposedly had ‘acts of sexual intimacy’ with married women and forced adults to hit each other up with wooden planks.
Prosecutors have also alleged that Mullet ‘exerted control over the Bergholz community by taking the wives of other men into his home, and by overseeing various means of disciplining community members, including corporal punishment.’
Source: Daily Mail