A Pennsylvania man who had a sexual relationship with six daughters and their mother from a formerly Amish family, was sentenced to up to 87 years in prison Wednesday.
Lee Donald Kaplan was convicted on multiple counts of child rape, statutory sexual assault and other charges, according to the Associated Press. His crimes, which lasted over the last six years, also resulted in the imprisonment of the family’s parents.
"Corrupted, perverted, atrocious. Use what adjective you would like to use," Bucks County Judge Jeffrey Finley told Kaplan, 52.
Kaplan was arrested earlier this year.
Kaplan financially supported Daniel and Savilla Stoltzfus as they left the Amish community 20 years ago. He made himself out to be a “divine prophet” who spoke with God, officials said. He “taught” the Stoltzfus family about the role of women in society. In return, authorities say the Stoltzfus’ "gifted" their oldest daughter to Kaplan. According to the AP, he impregnated her twice, starting when she was 14. Soon, Kaplan was sleeping with that girl’s female siblings and her mother.
The two older girls were sent to live with Kaplan in 2009 when the family had money issues. The mother said the couple had promised Kaplan that another daughter, then 9, would be his wife when she was older, according to Lancaster Online.
According to that report, the mother testified she was "a little shaken" when she found out in 2013 that her oldest daughter, who was 14 at the time, was pregnant with Kaplan's baby. But, she claimed she saw her daughter loved Kaplan and "accepted it as the way it is." The mother also thought "it could be a good thing."
The mom was aware of all her daughters’ sexual relationship with Kaplan. She considered them rivals and competed with them for Kaplan’s attention. Instead, she also began having sex with him and later said she considered her daughters rivals for Kaplan's affection, according to authorities.
In court, several of the girls testified that the sexual abuse started when one of them was just 6. They all considered Kaplan to be their husband.
Daniel and Savilla Stoltzfus were sentenced in July for up to seven years in prison for child endangerment charges.
In court on Wednesday, Kaplan told the judge to "do what you think is right."
[Lower Southampton Police Department]
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