Police: Pennsylvania couple gave daughter to man as thanks

Daniel Stoltzfus, Lee Kaplan, Savilla Stoltzfus - Bucks County jail records

FEASTERVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania couple is accused of child endangerment after police say they gave away their 14-year-old daughter to a man who helped them financially. The friend is charged with sexually assaulting the teen, who had two children with him.

Officials acting on a tip Thursday found 51-year-old Lee Kaplan at his Feasterville home, along with 12 girls ranging in age from six months to 18 years.

According to KCRA, the Stoltzfuses told police they did “give” their daughter to Kaplan after he researched the legality of it on the internet. Daniel Stoltzfus told police that his daughter was “gifted” to Kaplan in thanks for helping his family out of financial ruin.

Kaplan is charged with aggravated indecent assault. The girl’s father, Daniel Stoltzfus, is charged with conspiracy of statutory sexual assault and children endangerment. Her mother Savilla Stoltzfus is charged endangering the welfare of a child.

They’re each being held on $1 million bail. Lawyers weren’t listed in court documents.

The girl, now 18, told police she and Kaplan have a 3-year-old and a six-month-old.

Lower Southampton Police Lt. John Krimmel said the Stoltzfuses told police they were Amish, and a criminal complaint shows their address as Quarryville, in Lancaster County. However, Krimmel said it appeared the couple had been living with Kaplan, although it was unclear for how long.

The Stoltzfuses told police the other nine children in the house were theirs.

Lower Southampton Police Lt. John Krimmel said the Stoltzfuses told police they were Amish, and a criminal complaint shows their address as Quarryville, in Lancaster County. However, Krimmel said it appeared the couple had been living with Kaplan, although it was unclear for how long.

 

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