Police: Pennsylvania Man Charged with Sex Crimes After 12 Girls Allegedly Rescued From His Home

The oldest of the 12 girls told investigators she was 14 when her parents allegedly handed her over to Lee Kaplan after he'd helped them financially

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A 51-year-old Pennsylvania man was arrested on a series of charges after authorities in Bucks County allegedly retrieved 12 girls from his Feasterville home last Thursday, PEOPLE confirms.

Lee Kaplan was charged with statutory sexual assault, unlawful contact with a minor and aggravated indecent assault after authorities searched his home and discovered he was the only adult living in the residence with the 12 girls, who ranged in age from six months to 18 years, according to court records obtained by PEOPLE.

Detectives raided the home after receiving an anonymous tip, police say. The oldest of the 12 girls told investigators she was 14 when her parents allegedly handed her over to Kaplan after he helped them financially.

Upon being rescued, the 18-year-old girl allegedly told police she and Kaplan had two children together – a 3-year-old girl and the six-month-old infant.

Kaplan’s arrest affidavit says the 18-year-old girl’s father told police he gave his daughter to Kaplan after he’d provided the family with financial support.

Police have charged the girl’s father, Daniel Stoltzfus, with conspiracy of statutory sexual assault and child endangerment and they arrested his wife, Savilla Stoltzfus, on a single endangering the welfare of a child count.

The girl’s Amish parents live in Lancaster County.

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Kaplan and both parents are being held on $1 million bail.

According to court records, police are working to determine the identities of the other recovered children’s parents, but note it will be challenging as none of them have any forms of identification.

Investigators are also working to determine how long the 12 girls were living in the home and whether any of the others were similarly abused by Kaplan.

Neighbor Previously Called Police to Report ‘Something Creepy Going On’

Denise Horst, a traveling nurse who lives in the neighborhood, tells PEOPLE she often saw several girls in Kaplan’s yard wearing traditional Amish clothing.

“This one time, back in October, they were all outside near the street, and that guy came out,” Horst recalled. “The girls all went running into the house. It looked like they were frightened.”

Horst tells PEOPLE she actually called the police last October to report “something creepy going on” inside Kaplan’s home, but was told detectives couldn’t find any concrete evidence of wrongdoing.

Police brought search dogs to Kaplan’s home on Saturday, searching the house and its surrounding property for any additional evidence.

Kaplan and the girl’s parents will appear in court for hearings scheduled for June 28. It is unclear whether any of them has retained legal counsel.

Police claim the 12 recovered children are together in protective custody.

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