Police: Couple gave daughter to man as thanks
FEASTERVILLE, Pa. (AP/WTXF) -- A 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's charged with sexually assaulting the teen, who had two children with him.
Acting on a tip, police arrested 51-year-old Lee Kaplan Thursday after a surprise visit from Bucks County Child Welfare officials, Investigators found Kaplan at his Feasterville home, along with 12 girls ranging in age from six months to 18 years.
Sources say Kaplan connected with the large Amish family who were about to lose their farm. The parents allegedly offered their oldest daughter, who was 14 at the time, as a gift to Kaplan. The girl, now 18, told police she and Kaplan have a 3-year-old and a six-month-old.
Kaplan's 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 other nine children and parents had been staying with Kaplan, as well.
The Stoltzfus's told police the other nine children in the house were theirs.
Lower Southampton Police say they're working with authorities in Lancaster County as well as those connected with the Amish community to find out how all of this happened .