Pennsylvania man charged with abusing 6 Amish sisters

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Pennsylvania man accused earlier this year of raping an underage Amish teenager after receiving her as a "gift" from her parents was charged on Monday with sexually abusing the victim's five younger sisters, according to court records.

Lee Kaplan, 51, of Feasterville, was arrested in June on charges of raping a 14-year-old girl whose custody was relinquished to Kaplan after he helped her parents financially.

On Monday, Bucks County prosecutors charged Kaplan with sexually abusing the teenager's sisters, who are as young as 8 years old, according the criminal complaint. For one of the victims, the abuse started as early as age 6, prosecutors said.

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These images provided by the St. Lawrence County Sheriff's Office shows the booking photo of Stephen Howells II, left, and Nicole Vaisey, who was arraigned late Friday Aug. 15, 2014 on charges they intended to physically harm or sexually abuse two Amish sisters after abducting them from a roadside farm stand. (AP Photo/St. Lawrence County Sheriff)
This image provided by the St. Lawrence County Sheriff's Office shows the booking photo of Stephen Howells II, 39, who was arraigned late Friday Aug. 15, 2014 on charges he intended to physically harm or sexually abuse two Amish sisters after abducting them from a roadside farm stand. (AP Photo/St. Lawrence County Sheriff)
This image provided by the St. Lawrence County Sheriff's Office shows the booking photo of Nicole Vaisey, 25, who was arraigned late Friday Aug. 15, 2014 on charges she intended to physically harm or sexually abuse two Amish sisters after abducting them from a roadside farm stand. (AP Photo/St. Lawrence County Sheriff)
This undated artist rendering provided by the St. Lawrence County Sheriff's Office in Canton, N.Y. via the Watertown Daily Times shows 12-year-old Fannie Miller. Miller and her six-year-old sister, Delila, vanished from a roadside vegetable stand near their home in Oswegatchie, N.Y. after a white car pulled up to the farm stand on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 around 7:30 p.m. The Amish sisters were dressed in dark blue dresses with blue aprons and black bonnets. (AP Photo/St. Lawrence County Sheriff's Office)
Two Amish sisters have been kidnapped in upstate New York. Authorities say Fannie Miller, 12, and Delila Miller, 7, were taken from this roadside farm stand about 50 miles east of Watertown. Photo courtesy of WSYR-TV
The sisters went missing at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday evening, police said. Anyone with information is urged to call 911. Photo courtesy of WSYR-TV
Lawrence County sheriff’s deputies escort Nicole Vaisey to her preliminary hearing Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, at town court in Fowler, N.Y. Vaisey and her boyfriend are accused of abducting and sexually abusing a pair of young Amish sisters on Wednesday, Aug. 13, before releasing them the following day. (AP Photo/Mike Virtanen)
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Daniel Stoltzfus and his wife, Savilla Stoltzfus, the victims' parents, were Amish, a Protestant religious sect that shuns modern conveniences and whose members are known for their simple living and plain dress. The couple was arrested in June and face child endangerment charges.

Police said in court papers that they were grateful to Kaplan for saving their farm from foreclosure. They admitted to giving their then-14-year-old daughter to Kaplan after they found information on the internet suggesting this would be legal. All of the girls lived in Kaplan's house, the complaint said.

Kaplan almost immediately impregnated the 14-year-old after she came to live with him, and she eventually gave birth to two of his children.

The charges against Kaplan include rape of a child and indecent assault.

Kaplan's attorney could not immediately be reached for comment.

(Reporting by Laila Kearney; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)

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