- Lee Kaplan, 51 year old from Pennsylvania was found living with 12 girls ages 6 months to 18 years old
- Authorities found out that one of the girls was given to Kaplan as a gift from her biological parents
- The parents of the teenager also faced charges together with Kaplan
51-year-old, Lee Kaplan from Pennsylvania was found living at his Feasterville home with 12 girls whose ages range from six months to 18 years after police investigation.
According to reports, the police got a tip from a neighbor of Kaplan, and on Thursday, June 16 it was validated. Police with search dogs sifted through the house to look for clues.
Kaplan was charged with multiple offenses including statutory sexual assault and aggravated indecent assault.
Robert Hoopes, Lower Southampton’s director of public safety said that the girls were home-schooled, were “living in the basement” and “hiding in the chicken coop.” However, he added that the girls were in relatively good shape.
Further investigations were done by the authorities to find out how the 12 girls came under Kaplan’s custody. These investigations were also led to identify the girls’ identities.
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One of the girls, an 18-year-old said that she had children with Kaplan- a 3-year-old and a 6-month old. Reports stated that the teenager was a “gift” from her biological parents because they didn’t have enough money to raise her. The parents, Daniel Stoltzfus and his wife Savilla told authorities that it was four years ago when they gave their daughter away after searching for its legality on the internet. The couple added that Kaplan “saved them from financial ruin” when they were about to lose their farm in rural Lancaster County.
Stoltzfus faced charges of conspiracy to commit statutory sexual assault and children endangerment, Savilla, his wife was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child. The couple, and Kaplan were all being held in lieu of $1 million bail each.