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Jurors selected in trial of Bucks man accused of sexually assaulting girls 'gifted' to him

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. - Jurors have been selected for the trial of a Bucks County man accused of sexually assaulting young girls "gifted" to him.

Lee Kaplan, of Lower Southampton Township, was in court facing the men and women who could decide his fate.

Potential jurors saw the 52-year-old react to every question the district attorney's office asked them. Questions included "do you have preconceived ideas of the case?" and "have you discussed it on social media or the dinner table?" to name a few.

Kaplan, who was dressed in a black suit, dark navy tie, and white shirt,  is accused of sexually assaulting six young sisters between 2008 and 2016.

Prosecutors say he fathered two children with the eldest victim, who was 14 at the time of her first birth.

Prosecutors say the girls were gifted to Kaplan by their biological parents, Daniel and Savilla Stolzfus of Lancaster County, for helping them out of financial problems. They are charged with child endangerment.

In June of 2016, a concerned neighbor called child welfare after seeing several girls scared and disheveled outside Kaplan's home.

The Bucks County DA said 11 girls total were found inside Kaplan's residence.

Prosecutors say Kaplan, who did withdraw an insanity plea, groomed the girls to believe he was a prophet.

The girls' biological mother pleaded guilty to her role in the situation and is expected to testify during the trial.

Thirty-seven witnesses could be called to testify during the trial. Opening arguments are set for Wednesday morning.

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