Another 17 Haitian Orphans Sue Fairfield University Over Sex Abuse

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Friday, January 6, 2012

Another 17 orphans have sued Fairfield University and affiliated religious and charitable organizations for negligence over sexual abuse they say they suffered while living in a Haitian orphanage founded and operated by a celebrated alumnus of the Connecticut school who later was prosecuted as a pedophile.

Three additional suits were filed last year containing similar allegations of negligence arising from the abuse of destitute street children who were admitted to Project Pierre Toussaint, a school and orphanage in Cap Haitien founded by Fairfield University graduate Douglas Perlitz.

Perlitz was sentenced in 2010 to more than 19 years in prison for abusing boys at the non-profit orphanage and school, which was largely sponsored by private donations from individuals and groups with ties to the university.

Perlitz's prosecutors said he threatened to expel residents of his orphanage if they refused to submit to his sexual attacks.

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