Pennsylvania Pervert Kept 12 Young Girls Captive At Home For Years

The girls were girls "living down in the basement" and "hiding in the chicken coop.”

By Benjamin H. Smith

Police in the outer suburbs of Philadelphia investigating a sexual abuse claim found 12 girls ranging in age from 6 months to 18 years living in the home of toy train dealer Lee Kaplan, 51. At least one of the girls was allegedly “given” to Kaplan after he helped them out of a financial bind. Kaplan and the parents are being held on $1 million bail.

After tips from neighbors in Pennsylvania’s Bucks County, authorities raided Lee Kaplan’s house. There they found the girls "living down in the basement" and "hiding in the chicken coop,” according to Robert Hoopes, Lower Southampton's director of public safety. It appears the girls were homeschooled and in good health. The 18-year-old claims to have had two children with Kaplan; a 3-year-old and the 6-month-old. She says she was given to Kaplan when she was 14 by her parents Daniel Stoltzfus, who is being charged with conspiracy of statutory sexual assault and child endangerment, and his wife Savilla, who is being charged with endangering the welfare of a child. Kaplan apparently saved the parents from “financial ruin,” according to an affidavit.

Neighbors say they had been complaining for years about the house, with its boarded up windows and the sad looking girls they often saw awkwardly holding hands with their burly captor. Kaplan makes his living as a model train dealer through an eBay store named "The Brass Caboose,” which he runs out of the home. He is being charged with statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault and other offenses. All 12 children are together in protective custody until their parents and identities can be confirmed. 

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