A Bucks County man accused of fathering two children with a teenage girl who was “gifted” to him by her parents is now facing additional charges of sexually abusing five of her younger sisters.
The six girls are among the 11 discovered in Lee Kaplan’s Feasterville home when he was arrested in June. They included nine sisters, as well as a 3-year-old and an infant birthed by the eldest sister.
“He was representing to the girls and to the family that he was a prophet from God, and he was grooming them to believe that they had to have sex with him, that it was God’s will,” said Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub.
The sisters were between the ages of 6 and 18 at the time of the abuse. Weintraub said there is no evidence the three youngest children found in the home were abused.
“They are all safe, they are all together, but I don’t want to disclose where they are for their own mental health and well-being,” he said of the 11 children.
Kaplan was a friend of their parents, Daniel and Savilla Stoltzfus, former members of the Amish church who “gifted” their eldest daughter to him as thanks for helping them financially. Kaplan and Daniel Stoltzfus were business partners.
Weintraub said the new allegations did not trigger more charges against the Stolzfuses, who were arrested on charges of child endangerment in June. The parents remain in custody.
Kaplan faces 15 additional charges of sexual assault and child rape and is being held in Bucks County jail on $1 million cash bail.
“I’m very sickened, I’m very saddened about these allegations, and we’re going to prosecute him as vigorously as we can prosecute anybody,” Weintraub said.
The trials of all three adults, originally scheduled for next week, have been delayed.