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The Bobster
07-19-2017, 06:30 PM
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Couple Who ‘Gifted’ Daughters To Man Sentenced Up To 7 Years In Prison
July 19, 2017 4:55 PM By Natasha Brown

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DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (CBS) — A married couple charged for “gifting” their daughters to a man who was later convicted of sexually abusing the six girls was sentenced to prison on Wednesday.

A Bucks County judge did not mince words, nor did he show leniency, when it came to sentencing Daniel and Savilla Stoltzfus for gifting their children to 52-year-old Lee Kaplan.

The couple gave up their oldest daughter to Kaplan in exchange for financial help.

The parents will now spend up to seven years in prison, the maximum sentence allowed by law. Kaplan sexually assaulted the six girls.

“The sentence was appropriate, obviously based on what she did,” said Bucks County Deputy District Attorney Kate Kohler. “And as a parent, I don’t know how you can do that to your child.”

Daniel Stolzfus pleaded no contest during his April trial. His wife, Savilla Stoltzfus, pleaded guilty in the case and convinced her daughters to come forward against Kaplan.

Kaplan has been convicted of multiple counts of child rape.

Lawyers for Savilla Stolzfus were hoping for a lighter sentence in light of her cooperation with the prosecution.

“We didn’t understand the breadth or the depravity of this case until Savilla came forward, until she sat in that room in the district attorney’s office in October of last year and convinced those children to tell their story,” said defense attorney Craig Penglase.

The judge continued to stress the depravity of a case that now leaves the couple’s nine children irreparably scarred.

Several of the girls testified Kaplan had sex with them and they considered him their husband.

The 14-year-old daughter had two children by Kaplan.

All of this happened under the guidance of their parents who lived with Kaplan over the course of a four-year period. All of the kids are now in the custody of the state.

“I know that they are in therapy right now and I hope that their future will be brighter,” said Kohler.

The couple’s 18-year-old daughter asked for leniency for her parents.

Kaplan will be sentenced in September.

The Bobster
09-20-2017, 11:06 AM
http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Lee-Kaplan-Gifted-Girls-Sentencing-446007783.html

Lee Kaplan to Learn Fate for 'Gifted' Girls Sex Abuse
Sentencing set for man convicted in sex assault of 6 girls in Bucks County home
Published 6 hours ago

A man convicted of sexually assaulting six girls from the same family, fathering two children with one of them, is scheduled to be sentenced in a suburban Philadelphia court.

Fifty-two-year-old Lee Donald Kaplan will be sentenced in Bucks County court Wednesday at 2 p.m. on multiple counts of child rape, statutory sexual assault and other charges.

Authorities say the girls' parents "gifted" their oldest daughter to Kaplan because he helped them financially when they broke with their Amish faith. The parents were sentenced to up to seven years in prison on child endangerment charges in July.

The girl Kaplan twice impregnated was 14 the first time.

Prosecutors say the victims considered themselves to be Kaplan's wives. Their mother has said she thought the sexual activity could be a "good thing."

The Bobster
09-20-2017, 05:42 PM
http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2017/09/20/lee-kaplan-sentencing/

Man Convicted Of Sexually Assaulting 6 Girls From Same Family Sentenced To 30 To 87 Years In Prison
September 20, 2017 4:10 PM By Jim Melwert

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (CBS) — The Bucks County man who was found with nine former Amish girls living in his Bucks County home will spend several decades in prison, following his sentencing hearing on Wednesday.

Asked if he wanted to address the court, 52-year-old Lee Kaplan told Bucks County Judge Jeffrey Finley, “no matter what I said, no matter how true it was, the weight of the media, public opinion, and politics is too great. Do what you feel is right.”

Judge Finley told Kaplan he was corrupt, perverted and atrocious. “Use whatever adjective you’d like to use,” the judge said. And with that he sentenced Kaplan to 30-87 years in state prison.

“I’m not surprised, I am a little bit disappointed, it’s a very long sentence, but they certainly were very serious crimes,” said defense attorney Ryan Hyde. It’s just disappointing to hear a number that large.”

Kaplan was convicted of 17 counts, including child rape and sexual assault on accusations he raped or molested six girls over several years, the youngest victim six years old.

“Not only has he never recognized his actions in any way, how they’ve affected the community, how they’ve affected these children,” said prosecutor Kate Kohler, “but he clearly doesn’t care. He’s not sorry for doing it.”

In June 2016, police found 11 girls living in Kaplan’s Feasterville home. Nine of the girls were sisters from a former Amish family from Lancaster County, the youngest two he fathered with the oldest sister.

The parents of the girls are already in prison, serving 3-7 year sentences.