DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (WHTM) – A Pennsylvania man accused of fathering two children with a 14-year-old girl gifted to him by her parents is headed to trial on charges he sexually assaulted her five sisters.
Lee Kaplan, 52, on Monday waived a preliminary hearing on new charges filed in the case last month.
Authorities say the Bucks County man began having sex with the girl when she was 10 years old and fathered two children with her. The girl was 18 years old when Kaplan was arrested in June. Her children, a 3-year-old and a 6-month-old, and several of her siblings were living in Kaplan’s home at the time.
Her 17-year-old sister told investigators she moved into Kaplan’s home in 2012 and their marriage was “consummated” when she was 14. In charging documents, authorities said the Feasterville man began sexually abusing the other girls when they were 11, 10, 8, and 6 years old.
Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said Kaplan called the girls his wives and groomed them to believe he was a “religious, cult-like figure to whom they should submit their will.”
Defense attorney Ryan Hyde says Kaplan maintains the mother of his children is his wife and he didn’t touch the others. He said Kaplan waived the hearing because he didn’t want to make the girls testify during the holiday season.
Kaplan was returned to Bucks County Prison after the hearing. His bail is set at $1 million.
The girls’ parents, Daniel and Savilla Stoltzfus of Quarryville, 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 the oldest 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.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.