Couple Accused Of Gifting Daughters To Man To Be Sentenced

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 20, 2017

A Pennsylvania judge on Wednesday sentenced a married couple to up to seven years in prison each for "gifting" their young daughter to a cult-like figure who sexually assaulted the girl and her five sisters.

Daniel and Savilla Stoltzfus were sentenced Wednesday by Judge Jeffrey L. Finley to serve a minimum of three and a half years up to 7 years in prison on child endangerment charges. "You knew what you were risking".

His victims range in age from 9 to 19.

The girls' mother has said she knew about the sexual activity between her daughters and Kaplan, but believed "it could be a good thing".

He was found guilty of numerous counts of sexual abuse charges last month for molesting six of the Stoltzfus' daughters. Court records show his sentencing hearing is set for September 20.

"There is harm to these children that we can't begin to imagine and maybe we will never understand", Finley said Wednesday.

Daniel Stoltzfus, 44, pleaded no contest in April.

Daniel said, 'I regret having to put my children through what they've been through this past year and wish to reunite with my children'.

"It would be higher if I had the ability to do so", Finley said to both parents of his sentences for them.

"Everything indicates he loves his children very much, ... but has been misguided", said his attorney, Timothy J. Barton.

Finley later sentenced the victims' 43-year-old mother to three years to seven years in state prison.

Savilla told the judge that she felt "very very lost" when they met Kaplan. But she reportedly said she saw her daughter loved Kaplan and was well, and eventually she "accepted it as the way it is", according to Lancaster Online.

Prosecutors said Kaplan brainwashed the family, sought "power, manipulation and control", and created a world in which "child rape was the norm".

The judge's decision shocked Savilla and her attorney, Craig Penglase, who tells PEOPLE that he and the prosecution had asked for the judge to consider his client's cooperation throughout the investigation and trial.

Both are mandated to undergo a mental health evaluation and therapy. He added that he hoped to someday reunite with his children. He could face a life sentence. But the mother said she understood they wouldn't have sex until the girl was 18.

After the sentencing Wednesday, Deputy District Attorney Kate Kohler said the sentences were just.

According to Lancaster Online, the mother testified she was "a little shaken" when she found out in 2013 her oldest daughter, 14 at the time, was pregnant with Kaplan's child.

All told, nine of the Stoltzfus' children, two babies fathered by Kaplan and Savilla Stoltzfus lived in Kaplan's small Cape Cod-style home on Old Street Road.

Kaplan twice impregnated one of the girls.

Shortly after authorities discovered the girls, officials revealed Savilla had also been living with her daughters along with Kaplan, having moved in with the other girls after her eldest daughter gave birth to her first child with Kaplan.

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