A 50+ year-old single man living alone with 12 young girls who are rarely seen outside and don't attend school is odd. It's odd enough to raise the eyebrows of those in the neighborhood. And it did raise eyebrows. Several calls were made to law enforcement over a two-year period, but nothing was done because the community sense that "something was wrong" was not enough to justify a search warrant. Not until the police were informed that a teenage girl living in the house had given birth twice while living there was a search warrant finally obtained.
The police searched the home of Lee Kaplan and discovered the unimaginable - the Amish teen's parents, Daniel and Savilla Stoltzfus, had supposedly "gifted" her to Kaplan a few years earlier to thank him for saving them from "financial ruin." The Stoltzfus' are also the suspected parents of nine of the other young girls and the grandparents of the two youngest girls (who are believed to be fathered by Kaplan) living in the home. I don't know much about the Amish community, but I do know that giving your 14-year-old daughter to a 47- year-old man is not an acceptable form of repayment.
Amish or not, "gifting" your teen daughter to a much older man is mind-boggling. Permitting your younger daughters to live in the house with them is inconceivable. Allowing that man to impregnate your teenage daughter is abominable.