DA: Man who had kids with 14-year-old abused her sis­ters

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - NEWS -

FEASTERVILLE >> A Penn­syl­va­nia man ac­cused of fa­ther­ing two chil­dren with a 14-year-old girl gifted to him by her par­ents was charged Mon­day with sex­u­ally as­sault­ing five other girls in that fam­ily, call­ing them his wives.

Bucks County Dis­trict At­tor­ney Matthew Wein­traub an­nounced new child sex abuse charges against 51-year-old Lee Ka­plan, of Feasterville, call­ing it a “sad but crit­i­cal new de­vel­op­ment.”

“He played on their trust and af­fec­tion for him and he groomed them to see him as a re­li­gious and cult-like fig­ure,” Wein­traub said.

The vic­tims 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, Wein­traub said.

Po­lice have said the teen’s fa­ther told them he and his wife “gave” their 14-year-old daugh­ter to Ka­plan af­ter he fi­nan­cially helped the cou­ple. By the time she was 18, she had two chil­dren with him. It wasn’t clear when the other girls moved in with him.

The old­est girl told po­lice the six sis­ters were Ka­plan’s wives, and he told them he had dreams telling him it was what God wanted, ac­cord­ing to an af­fi­davit re­leased Mon­day.

Ka­plan’s at­tor­ney, Ryan Hyde, said Mon­day he has not seen the com­plaint and couldn’t yet com­ment.

Ka­plan has been in the Bucks County jail on $1 mil­lion bail, and an ad­di­tional $1 mil­lion cash bail was added af­ter the new charges were filed. He was ar­raigned by video.

Ka­plan and the girls’ par­ents, Daniel and Sav­illa Stoltz­fus, were sup­posed to go on trial next week, but the pro­ceed­ings have been can­celed, ac­cord­ing to on­line court doc­u­ments.

The chil­dren are all to­gether now and are safe, Wein­traub said.

“This man ob­vi­ously groomed these chil­dren for a long time,” Wein­traub said. “He ac­com­plished his ob­jec­tive and now we have to ac­com­plish ours and bring him to jus­tice.”

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