DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (WHTM) – Jurors in suburban Philadelphia have convicted a man accused of sexually assaulting six girls in the same family and fathering two children by one of them.
Lee Donald Kaplan, 52, of Feasterville, was found guilty in Tuesday afternoon on all 17 counts including rape of a child and statutory sexual assault.
Prosecutors said her Lancaster County parents “gifted” the oldest girl to Kaplan when she was 14 years old because he helped them financially. Kaplan is accused of raping the girl repeatedly over several years.
The girl’s younger sisters, her two children, and her mother were living in Kaplan’s home when he was arrested last June. Authorities said he began sexually abusing the other girls when they were between 6 and 14 years old and groomed them to believe he was a “religious, cult-like figure.”
His defense said in the family’s eyes, Kaplan was married to the oldest girl. He claims he didn’t abuse her sisters.
The girls’ mother, 43-year-old Savilla Stoltzfus of Quarryville, pleaded guilty in April to endangering the welfare of children. Her husband, 44-year-old Daniel Stoltzfus, pleaded no contest to the same charge. Both are awaiting sentencing.