A girl took the stand to describe summers swimming in Lee Kaplan's backyard, learning history from documentaries, - and having sex with the man 37 years her senior when she was just 10 or 11. A sister told of anal sex at age 7 with the man on trial in Bucks County Court on sexual assault charges. Kaplan's ex-wife said he refused to sign divorce papers.
An 18-year-old senior at Pennridge High School iled a sexual discrimination suit against the school district and two administrators alleging they did not protect her from harassment by a classmate who she says raped her at a nearby restaurant. The suit was filed on her behalf by the National Women's Law Center in federal court in Philadelphia. The Law Center recently had filed a suit on behalf of another Pennridge sudent.
The parents of the six girls who Lee Kaplan is accused of sexually abusing took advantage of him, his attorney said in his opening argument Wednesday at Kaplan's trial in Bucks County Court. But the prosecution portrayed him as a manipulative, controlling figure who robbed the children of "the lives they should have had." The girls' mother testified that Kaplan said God had given him the girls as wives.
We are in the heart of one of the region's most underrated aesthetic seasons. The late-day light playing upon the tree tops is ever more spectacular. The still-bare branches are showing off their architecture, limbs subtly colored with swollen buds.
Anthony R. Wood has been writing about the atmosphere for The Inquirer for 26 years.