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Couple gave daughter to Pennsylvania man as thank you gift: Police

June 19, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Couple gave daughter to Pennsylvania man as thank you gift: Police

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A Pennsylvania man is facing multiple charges after police discovered him living with 12 girls at his home, including an 18-year old and two children whom he fathered with her.

Police arrested 51-year-old Lee Kaplan, in Bucks County, Pensylvania on Thursday. The girls living in the house ranged from 6 months to 18 years old.

Nearly 100 miles away, authorities arrested the Amish parents of an 18-year-old in Lancaster County.

Authorities accused the parents of “gifting” their daughter to Kaplan after he had helped them with their financial difficulties. The criminal complaint states that the girl was just 14-years-old when her first child was conceived.

Lee Kaplan has been charged with aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault and unlawful contact with a minor, corruption of minors, and statutory sexual assault, CNN reported.

The parents of the 18-year-old, Savilla and Daniel Stoltzfus of Quarryville, have been charged with endangering the welfare of children. The girl’s father also faces additional charges of statutory sexual assault and criminal conspiracy.

According to court documents, all three individuals are being held in the Bucks County Correctional Facility on $1 million bail.

Deputies from the Lower Southampton Police Department stated that after receiving a tip from a neighbor, police responded to the home on Old Street in Feasterville. The neighbor, Jen Betz, told WPVI that she called the cops after she saw two young girls outside of Kaplan’s home looking “unhappy and sad.”

The neighbor said, “I just wasn’t going to let go. I saw a couple girls last week standing in the driveway. They just looked unhappy and sad … and I’ve been telling my husband for years something isn’t right, something isn’t right.”

According to the complaint, Lee Kaplan had told his neighbors that he didn’t have any children living with him.

An unidentified neighbor told reporters: “I really can’t believe it, because I really thought it was his own daughter. …It looks like his own daughter to me.”

Additionally, next-door-neighbors said that the girls didn’t attend school and were very rarely let outside of the house.

According to police testimony, the 18-year-old girl’s parents made a deal to give Kaplan their daughter after her father “researched the legality of it on the Internet.”

The affidavit reports: “Stoltzfus stated that his daughter … was ‘gifted’ to Lee Kaplan in thanks for helping his family out of financial ruin.”

The backgrounds, whereabouts, and even the identities of the girls have not be released by officials. Lower Southampton Police Lieutenant John Krimmel told reporters: “Right now we’re coordinating with authorities in Lancaster County to interview these children in a safe environment.”

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