More charges for man accused of receiving teen as gift

Lee Kaplan
Lee Kaplan

FEASTERVILLE, Pa. (WHTM) – Prosecutors have filed additional charges against a Pennsylvania man accused of fathering two children with a 14-year-old girl gifted to him by her parents.

Lee Kaplan, 51, of Feasterville, began having sexual contact with the girl when she was 10 years old, not 12 as she first claimed, and he also had sex with five of her sisters, according to charging documents filed in Bucks County on Monday.

The girl was 18 years old when police found her and 11 other children in Kaplan’s home in June. She told authorities she was the mother of a 3-year-old and a 6-month-old in the home and Kaplan was the father. Nine other girls living in Kaplan’s home were also children of Daniel and Savilla Stoltzfus.

stoltzfus
Daniel and Savilla Stoltzfus

The girl now says Kaplan had his own bedroom in her parents’ home in Quarryville where he first invited her to sleep with him. She told investigators that she and five of her sisters were all Kaplan’s wives.

“Over time, he played their trust and affection for them,” Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said. “He groomed them to believe he was a religious, cult-like figure to whom they should submit their will.”

One sister who is now 17 told authorities she was 7 or 8 years old when Kaplan told her that her father had agreed to give her to him in marriage. She said she moved into Kaplan’s home in 2012 and their marriage was “consummated” when she was 14.

Kaplan began sexually abusing the other girls when they were 11, 10, 8, and 6 years old, the charging documents state.

“This man obviously groomed these children for a long time, for a very explicit and horrible purpose,” Weintraub said.

Prosecutors filed 15 additional charges against Kaplan, including 14 felony counts of child rape and sexual abuse. His bail at Bucks County Prison is set at $1 million.

The Stoltzfuses are charged with felony child endangerment. Daniel Stoltzfus is in the prison on $350,000 bail and his wife is jailed on $250,000 bail.

Mr. Stoltzfus told police they gave their daughter to Kaplan because he helped them out of “financial ruin.” He told investigators they did it after “researching the legality of it on the internet,” according to court documents.

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