Two Pennsylvania parents exactly who gave their oldest daughter to some cult-like figure who sexually attacked her and her five siblings have each been sentenced in order to up to seven years in jail.
Bucks County Judge Jeffrey T. Finley said the actions of Daniel and Savilla Stoltzfus were unthinkable as he sentenced them following their own convictions on child endangerment fees.
Investigators stated the parents gifted their oldest girl, a teen, to Lee Donald Kaplan, 52, after he helped all of them out of financial trouble when they out of cash with their Amish faith.
Kaplan fathered 2 children with the girl, the first whenever she was 14. She is at this point in her late teens.
Jurors found guilty Kaplan on all 17 matters of rape of a child, lawful sexual assault and other offenses final month, a year after a neighbor’s suggestion prompted authorities to search Kaplan’s Feasterville home.
During the trial, seven girls testified that they considered Kaplan to be their particular husband. Prosecutors argued Kaplan brainwashed the family, casting himself as a prophet, and created a world in which kid rape was the norm.
The girls mom has said she knew about the sexual acts between her daughters and Kaplan, but believed it could be a good thing.
The girls dad pleaded no contest and had been sentenced to 3 1/2 in order to seven years, while the mother pleaded guilty and was sentenced in order to three to seven years.
The particular Associated Press contributed to this survey.