Parents sentenced in ‘gifted’ girls case

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Daniel and Savilla Stoltzfus, parents of a teenage girl “gifted” to a 50-ish Bucks County man convicted of sexually abusing several of their daughters, were sentenced to 3 1/2 to 7 years in jail Wednesday on child-endangerment counts in a case that  generated national attention.

Daniel Stoltzfus, 44, pleaded no contest to the charge in April in Bucks County Court. His wife, 43, had entered a guilty plea.

Both were ordered to undergo therapy and mental-health evaluations.

A Stoltzfus daughter asked Judge Jeffrey Finley to consider the childrens’ love for their parents, saying they have “no supporting adults … in this time of great need.” 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.”

Finley admonished Daniel Stoltzfus, saying he allowed his children to become what some would call “sex slaves” and exposed them to unimaginable trauma.

Savilla Stoltzfus has said that the “gifted” decision was her husband’s but that she had had input into the decision.

The couple had met Kaplan at an auction, and the man helped them “transition from the Amish lifestyle” while assisting them financially, according to prosecutors. Stoltzfus then “gifted” his oldest daughter to Kaplan.

Savilla Stoltzfus had said that she had a feeling Kaplan was having sexual relations with her daughters but that “she felt like it was not her business to inquire what went on in those rooms, but knew that’s what went on because Kaplan said it was God’s will,” prosecutors said.

Kaplan was discovered in June 2016 housing nine sisters, their mother, and two children he fathered with the oldest girl in his Feasterville home.

He made the six oldest sisters his wives over a period of years, the sisters each testified. Their parents promised one of their daughters to him in marriage when she was about 7, and over time, he made it clear he would take more as his wives.

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