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30-plus years for man convicted in Bucks sex assaults

30-plus years for man convicted in Bucks sex assaults”

The Bucks County man convicted of raping and abusing six underage sisters whose parents "gifted" them to him is looking at up to 87 behind bars. He was also classified by the court as a sexually violent predator.

Kaplan befriended and financially supported Daniel and Savilla Stoltzfus as they were leaving the Amish community nearly two decades ago and eventually opened his home to the female members of the family, authorities said. He cast himself as a divine prophet, officials said, interpreting the girls' dreams, claiming to speak with God and instructing them about the role of women in society.

The couple who gifted several of their children to Kaplan was sentenced to up to seven years of prison on July 19 for child endangerment. The girl who was twice impregnated was 14 the first time.

Prosecutors say there were 11 Stoltzfus or Kaplan offspring living at his residence when Lower Southampton police and Bucks County Children and Youth workers arrived to check on their welfare. The girl, her sisters, her two children, and her mother were living in Kaplan's home when he was arrested past year. Savilla Stoltzfus has said she knew of the sexual relationships but thought it could be a "good thing". Authorities believe six of the children were sexually assaulted.

"I'm not surprised, I am a little bit disappointed, it's a very long sentence, but they certainly were very serious crimes", said defense attorney Ryan Hyde.



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