FEASTERVILLE, Pa. (WTXF/AP) - Police are interviewing several of the 12 girls found living with the Bucks County man who’s charged with sexually assaulting a teenager. Authorities say that 18-year-old had been given to him by her parents when she was 14.
Thursday, authorities acting on a tip, found Lee Kaplan, 51, at the home along with 12 girls ranging in age from six months to 18 years. The oldest told police she and Kaplan have two children, a 3-year-old and the 6-month-old.
Kaplan and the teenager's parents are jailed on $1 million bail. Court records don't list attorneys for them.
The couple told authorities the other children in Kaplan's home belong to them. Police interviewed some of the children Monday.
District Attorney David Heckler says authorities are seeking evidence of any crimes against the children.
Meanwhile, neighbors are asking why it took so long to find out Kaplan was holding the girls. Police had been called there several times for years, but never for child abuse.
Kaplan is accused of sexually assaulting the teenager. Police say her Lancaster County parents -- Daniel and Savilla Stoltzfus-- gave her to Kaplan when she was 14.
Kaplan is charged with statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, corruption of a minor and unlawful endangerment. The girl's parents also face charges. They’re each being held in lieu of $1 million bail.
Cadaver dogs didn’t find anything on the property.
The children reportedly slept on air mattresses in the basement. They were apparently home-schooled, and had an elaborate train set worth thousands of dollars.
The children are said to be doing as well as they could be, and investigators hope to talk to them.