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Mother, daughter she 'gifted' testify in Lee Kaplan trial

Eldest victim says 'it was a joy to be with him'

Mother, daughter she 'gifted' testify...

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. - Wednesday was a fast-moving day in court in the trial of Lee Kaplan.

It started during opening arguments when the district attorney told the jury Kaplan brainwashed an entire family.

The eldest alleged victim, who is the mother of Kaplan's two young kids, and her mother both took the stand. Both said they are Kaplan's wives.

Out of cuffs and on the stand, Savilla Stoltzfus told the jury she believes Kaplan is a prophet, and admires, respects and loves him. She testified that she and her husband, Daniel, an Amish family from Lancaster County looking to leave the faith, gifted girls to Kaplan.

She testified Kaplan taught them about life, faith and how to be a woman and wife, after Kaplan helped them financially when they were involved in a lawsuit.

The couple's eldest daughter, now 19, testified she first had sex with Kaplan when she was just 12. She told the jury it was "a joy to be with him." She said she gave birth to the first of two daughters when she was 14.

Kaplan, 52, is charged with numerous counts of sexual assualt for allegedly assaulting the girl and five of her sisters between 2008 and 2016.

However, both Savilla and her 19-year-old daughter testified they love Kaplan and he loves them.

The DA isn't buying it, arguing Kaplan used power, manipulation and control to brainwash the family.

Kaplan's defense called the Stoltzfuses an opportunistic family that saw a victim and took advantage of someone wanting to help out.

This all came to light last June when a concerned neighbor called police after seeing disheveled girls outside Kaplan's Lower Bucks County home. Authorities found 11 girls inside.

An officer for Children and Youth testified Kaplan initially lied several times about how many girls were inside and what their relationship was.

The jury also saw the inside and outside of Kaplan's home. A Bucks County detective said the windows were nailed shut, boarded up or covered in cloth.

However both Savilla and her eldest daughter said they still love Kaplan and don't regret their life with him.


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