Three held in Pennsylvania rape case of
teen Amish girl 'gifted' to man
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[June 18, 2016]
By David DeKok
HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - Three people
in Pennsylvania have been charged in a bizarre statutory rape case where
a 14-year-old Amish girl was "gifted" to a much older man who helped her
parents out of financial distress, according to court records released
Child welfare workers in Bucks County found 11 girls between the
ages of 6 months and 18 years living in the house of 51-year-old Lee
Kaplan in the town of Feasterville on Thursday. All are believed to
Police on Thursday arrested Kaplan as well as Daniel Stoltzfus, 43,
and his wife Savilla Stoltzfus, 42, who are the parents of the
Kaplan is charged with 10 counts of various sexual offenses, eight
of them felonies, including statutory rape. Daniel Stoltzfus is
charged with conspiracy to commit statutory sexual assault. Both he
and Savilla Stoltzfus are also charged with endangering the welfare
They are each being held on $1 million bond. It was not immediately
clear if they had attorneys.
Police said in court papers that the Stoltzfus couple was grateful
to Kaplan for saving their farm from foreclosure. They admitted to
giving their then 14-year-old daughter to Kaplan after they found
information on the internet suggesting this would be legal.
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Kaplan impregnated the 14-year-old almost immediately, according to
court papers, and again when she was 17 years-old. The girl is now
18, police said.
Police and the assistant district attorney prosecuting the case
could not be reached for comment Friday afternoon. Court papers did
not say where the other girls came from.
The three will face a preliminary hearing on the charges August 2.
(Reporting by David DeKok in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Editing by
Curtis Skinner and Andrew Hay)
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