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Preliminary Hearing for 3 Charged After 12 Girls Found in Bucks County House

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    The man charged with sexual assault for allegedly fathering two daughters with an underage girl is making his first court appearance Tuesday, along with the parents of 10 girls found at a Bucks County house.

    Lee Kaplan and Daniel and Savilla Stoltzfus will have preliminary hearings in district court for charges related to 12 girls, ranging in age from six months to 18, found in Kaplan's small Feasterville house in June.

    Officials in Bucks County acting on a tip June 20 found Kaplan, 51, at his Feasterville home, along with the 12 girls, authorities have said. One girl, now 18, told police that she and Kaplan have a 3-year-old child and a six-month-old child, according to investigators.

    Authorities also charged Daniel and Savilla Stoltzfus. They told police that they are the parents of 10 children found in the house, including the teenager who gave birth to Kaplan's two daughters.

    Kaplan and the Stoltzfuses have been jailed on $1 million since their arrests.

    Kaplan grew up in Cheltenham, graduating from the township's high school in 1982. He also owned a few properties in the area in the 1990s, including a large house in the Melrose Park neighborhood that he rented to college students.

    A FedEx deliveryman told NBC10.com that he often made dropoffs and pickups at Kaplan's home. Kaplan operated a model train business out of his home, according to corporate records. The deliveryman said he had no idea 12 children lived with Kaplan, but said the house "stunk" and that the homeowner often answered the door shirtless.

    Kaplan is charged with two counts each of statutory sexual assault - 11 years old, indecent assault of persons less than 16 years of age, corruption of minors, aggravated indecent assault and unlawful contact with a minor - sexual offenses.

    The Stoltzfuses are charged with conspiracy to commit sexual assault - 11 years younger, and endangering the welfare of a child.

    Kaplan and Daniel Stoltzfus have public defenders, according to online court filings. Savilla Stoltzfus hired an attorney, who unsuccessfully tried to have her bail reduced shortly after the arrests.