Sunday, September 4, 2016

DA: Five police incident reports in Lower Southampton 'gifted' child case not public records

Lee Kaplan 

September 4, 2016


The Bucks County District Attorney’s Office says five police “incident” reports filed in 2014 and last year involving the home of a Lower Southampton man awaiting trial in the high profile case of a child who allegedly was "gifted" to an older man are not public records, citing them as part of a “criminal investigation.”
Assistant District Attorney Joanna Dombrowski, the office’s open records appeal officer, determined a sixth incident report involving Lee Kaplan, 51, was a public record, and this news organization was entitled to access to it. That Nov. 22, 2013, report involved one of Kaplan's neighbors complaining that Kaplan was openly burning trash on his Old Street Road property.
Lower Southampton police identified the six incident reports in response to an open records request this news organization filed following the June 16 arrest of Kaplan. He is accused of sexually abusing a now 18-year-old woman and fathering her two children, ages 9 months and 3 years old. Police allege the woman’s ex-Amish parents “gifted” her to Kaplan when she was 14 after he helped her parents financially.

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