Girls testify about sex abuse by man who got them as ‘gift’

Several girls who were sent to live with a man now on trial on charges he raped them testified Thursday he had sex with them and they considered him to be their husband.

Prosecutors outside Philadelphia say Lee Donald Kaplan, who’s 52, sexually assaulted six daughters of a couple who had “gifted” them to him because he helped them financially. Kaplan fathered two children by the eldest daughter, who’s now 19.

Daughters ranging in age from 9 to 18 testified Thursday at Kaplan’s trial on rape, sexual assault and conspiracy charges. A girl who’s 15 said Kaplan began having sexual contact with her when she was 11 or 12. She said she believed that’s what husbands and wives do.

A 9-year-old testified that Kaplan began molesting her when she was 7.

“He told me not to tell anybody what he was doing,” the 9-year-old testified.


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