DA: Man who had kids with 14-year-old abused her 5 sisters
Posted: Oct 31 2016 10:03AM EDT
Updated: Oct 31 2016 05:15PM EDT
FEASTERVILLE, Pa. (AP) - FEASTERVILLE, Pa. (AP) -- Prosecutors say a Pennsylvania man accused of fathering two children with a 14-year-old girl gifted to him by her parents also sexually assaulted five other girls in that family, calling them his wives.
Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub on Monday announced new child sex abuse charges against Lee Kaplan, of Feasterville.
Weintraub says Kaplan represented himself a cult-like figure to the girls.
The oldest girl told police the six sisters were Kaplan's wives, and he told them it was what God wanted.
They were among 11 girls found living in Kaplan's home when he was arrested in June.
The girls ranged in age from 6 years old to 18 years old during the time of abuse.
Kaplan's attorney, Ryan Hyde, says he can't comment until he sees the complaint.
Police say the teen's father told them he and his wife "gave" their daughter to Kaplan after he financially helped the couple.
Acting on a tip in June, police arrested Kaplan after a surprise visit from Bucks County Child Welfare officials, Investigators found Kaplan at his Feasterville home, along with 12 girls ranging in age from six months to 18 years.
Sources had said Kaplan connected with the large Amish family who were about to lose their farm. The parents allegedly offered their oldest daughter, who was 14 at the time, as a gift to Kaplan. The girl, now over 18, told police she and Kaplan had a 3-year-old and a six-month-old.
Kaplan was charged with aggravated indecent assault. The girl's father, Daniel Stoltzfus, was charged with conspiracy of statutory sexual assault and children endangerment. Her mother, Savilla Stoltzfus, was charged endangering the welfare of a child.
Kaplan had been awaiting trial on sexual assault charges. The nine other girls found living in Kaplan's home in June were also children of Daniel and Savilla Stoltzfus.