Pair accused of gifting daughters to older man enter pleas

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Posted: Apr 06, 2017 2:45 PM

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania couple accused of "gifting" their young daughters to a cult-like figure who considered the girls wives have entered pleas on child endangerment charges.

Savilla Stoltzfus pleaded guilty Thursday, and her husband, David, entered a no-contest plea, acknowledging that prosecutors had enough evidence to support the charges.

Authorities say the Stoltzfuses got financial help from Lee Kaplan after they broke with their Amish faith and had to pay back a farm loan.

Authorities found the couple, their nine daughters and two grandchildren living with Kaplan when they searched his suburban Philadelphia home last year.

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They believe six girls were sexually assaulted and said one had two children with him.

Authorities say Savilla Stoltzfus was also considered one of his wives.

Kaplan's trial is set for May in Bucks County.