Lee Kaplan, charged with sex abuse of girls, will be tried in Bucks, judge rules

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Lee Kaplan, the Feasterville man who was found living with 11 girls and their mother last June and is accused of fathering two children with the oldest daughter — who prosecutors say was “gifted” to him by her parents — will be tried in Bucks County, a judge ruled Monday.


Kaplan’s attorney last week sought a change of venue for the case and asked for the 52-year-old to be tried by an out-of-town jury.

Judge Jeffrey L. Finley denied both motions, meaning Kaplan remains set to go to trial  in Bucks on May 30.


On Thursday, Finley also denied other requests from Kaplan, including that testimony from two of the younger girls be excluded from trial.





Kaplan’s attorney, Ryan Hyde, said Thursday that he was confident Kaplan would be found innocent even if the trial were held in Bucks County. But he argued that statements by the district attorney and extensive media reports about the case had prejudiced Bucks County residents.

“We hope people will reserve judgment,” Hyde said after the hearing. “The DA has tried to convict my guy in the press.”

Kaplan is charged of sexually abusing six of the girls in total and of raping and impregnating the oldest. He was “given” their mother, Savilla Stoltzfus, along with several of the girls by their father, Daniel Stoltzfus, according to a presentation of facts by prosecutors that the Stoltzfus parents said were true at their hearings on Thursday.

Savilla Stoltzfus pleaded guilty to child endangerment; Daniel Stoltzfus pleaded no contest. They will be sentenced after Kaplan’s trial.

















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