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Neighbors of Penn. man found living with 12 girls, angrerd cops didn’t act sooner

June 21, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Neighbors of Penn. man found living with 12 girls, angrerd cops didn’t act sooner

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Neighbors of the 51-year-old man who was found living with 12 girls inside his home in Pennsylvania are outraged that Lee Kaplan was able to keep the girls, who ranged from 6-months to 18-years-old, a secret for so long before authorities stepped in.

Kaplan has been arrested on charges unlawful endangerment, aggravated indecent assault, sexual assault, and corruption of a minor.

The oldest girl in the home was reportedly given as a “gift” to Kaplan by her parents after the man helped their family out financially, according to police. The girl was just 14-years-old when she went to live with the suspect and Kaplan reportedly is the father of her 6-month-old and three-year-old children.

Kaplan’s neighbor Jen Betz told reporters, “[The children were] so sad and fearful every time I see them. That’s what made me call. I’ve been telling my husband for years, ‘Something isn’t right, something isn’t right.’”

According to Fox News, authorities have admitted that they were called to check out Kaplan’s residence a number of times in recent years. However, they did not have anything to indicate he was committing a crime, and a search warrant was not obtained until this month.

Robert Hoopes, Lower Southampton Public Saftey director told Philly.com: “The neighbors that called two years ago – I don’t know what you’re referring to – what kind of call did they call, that they saw Amish people? That’s the calls that we got, I mean we didn’t get child-abuse calls there, so if it was a child-abuse call, we would have responded, naturally, but that’s not what we got.”

Kaplan allegedly went to great lengths the keep the girl’s living situation under wraps. The windows of the house were boarded up, and the girls’ reportedly slept on air-mattresses in his basement and were home-schooled. They also were very rarely ever allowed to go outside, although neighbors did report that they saw the oldest girl holding Kaplan’s hand.

Hoopes said to Philly.com: “I’m saying if you go to the house – he wouldn’t even let people go in – even if the police were coming, he would turn the lights out, stuff like that.”

However, the neighbors grew extremely suspicious over the years. Bob Greenfield said in an interview, “You knew something was wrong.”

He continued, “It makes you feel bad. If I had said something a while ago, they would have come earlier.”

Another neighbor, Kevil Rihl, reportedly went to authorities to express his concerns about a year ago, but nothing was done.

He told Philly.com,”How long does it take when the evidence is beating you in the face that something’s wrong here?”

The parents of the girl who was given to Kaplan, Daniel and Savilla Stoltzfus, are also facing charges. The parents claim that they are also the parents of nine other children in the house, however, no evidence has been revealed to support this.

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