Amish couple who ‘gifted’ their 14-year-old daughter to a 52-year-old man will spend up to seven years in prison
Daniel and Savilla Stoltzfus ‘gifted’ their 14-year-old daughter to a 52-year-old man who impregnated her
The Stoltzfus husband and wife were sentenced Wednesday following their convictions on child endangerment in April
After accepting financial aid from Lee Kaplan, the married couple turned a blind eye while he molested their 10-year-old in their home
He started having sex with her when she turned 12, in their home
At 14 they ‘gifted’ the child to Kaplan and she immediately gave birth to the first of two children with the pervert
A police raid last year, rescued a dozen girls, including the Stolzfus’ nine daughters and two granddaughters from the Kaplan’s Feasterville, Pa., home
Kaplan was having sex with six of the girls including two that were aged 10 and 8, they all referred to him as their ‘husband’
The child molester has been convicted of child rape in the case
Daniel Stoltzfus [left], Savilla Stoltzfus [center] were both jailed Wednesday on child endangerment charges after they gave away their daughters to Lee Kaplan [right]
A Pennsylvania couple have sentenced to spend up to seven years in prison after they ‘gifted’ their oldest daughter to their benefactor who sexually assaulted the girl and her five sisters.
DanielS toltzfus, 44, and Savilla Stoltzfus, 43, were sentenced Wednesday by Judge Jeffrey L. Finley to serve a minimum of three and a half years up to 7 years in prison on child endangerment charges.
During their trial in April Daniel pled no contest to the charges but his 43-year-old wife had entered a guilty plea.
The couple gave their children to 52-year-old Lee Donald Kaplan because he helped them out of financial trouble when they broke with their Amish faith.
Two of the Stoltzfus’ daughters attended their sentencing on Wednesday along with an older brother who led a delegation of 26 Amish adults and two infants into the courtroom, Philly.com reported.
During sentencing, Wednesday, a rueful Daniel Stoltzfu [above and right] said: ‘I regret having to put my children through what they’ve been through this past year and wish to reunite with my children.’
Prior to their sentencing, one of the couple’s daughters reportedly asked Finley to consider the childrens’ love for their parents.
But the judge slammed the couple saying that he allowed his daughter to become ‘sex slaves’ and exposed them to trauma.
‘You continued letting your children crawl into the bed of that man when you knew what was going on,’ Finley told Savilla.
Daniel said, ‘I regret having to put my children through what they’ve been through this past year and wish to reunite with my children.’
Savilla told the judge that she felt ‘very very lost’ when they met Kaplan.
‘Forgive me for the fact that I put my children at risk,’ she said.
Savilla Stoltzfus [above and right being led to court in 2016] admitted in court that she knew and approved of the sexual activity between Kaplan and her daughters.
During sentencing on Wednesday, addressing the court, Daniel Stoltzfus said: ‘I regret having to put my children through what they’ve been through this past year and wish to reunite with my children.’
The judge sternly lectured Daniel and Savilla Stoltzfus for exposing their daughters to “unimaginable” trauma. You consigned your daughters to what some “might call a life of sex slaves.”’
Despite a daughter’s plea and the couple’s expressions of regret, Bucks County Judge Jeffrey L. Finley sentenced both Stoltzfuses to up to seven years in jail Wednesday on child-endangerment counts.
“You may have engaged in some odd relationship with Mr. Kaplan on some warped theory it may benefit your family,” Judge Finley told Daniel Stoltzfus.
“For whatever sick purpose, whether or not you fell under the power, in a trance-like state, of Kaplan, you knowingly allowed your family, your children, your daughters to move into this person’s home.”
His wife Savilla had no misgivings about the harrowing ordeal she imposed on her underage daughters.
In court she admitted that she knew Kaplan was having sex with her daughters.
The girls’ mother has said she knew about the sexual activity between the man and her daughters but believed ‘it could be a good thing.’
The judge admonished her: ‘You allowed “your daughters to believe it was appropriate for them to become betrothed at ages 10, 11, 12, 14 to a 40, 50-year-old man and to crawl into his bed.”’
Paying the price: Lee Donald Kaplan is led to a preliminary hearing in August, 2016 in Feasterville, Pa. He has been convicted on multiple counts of child molestation
He has been convicted of several child rape charges in the case and will be sentenced to prison in September.
His victims range in age from 9 to 19. The youngest victim said she was 7 the first time Kaplan had sex with her.
Police found the family, including the couple’s nine daughters and two grandchildren, living with Kaplan when a neighbor’s tip led them to search his Philadelphia-area home in June 2016.
Neighbors have described the couple as caring and hard-working until a 14-month-old son was killed in a farm accident in 2001.
Daniel who had a metal fabricating business met Kaplan, who was in a similar line of business, at an industry fair at an industry fair.
The couple later broke from their Amish church as they became closer with Kaplan, who appeared to have a cult-like influence over them, they said.
The break led to financial problems when an Amish bank revoked the family’s $300,000 business loan, they said.