Catholic school sued for sex abuse in Haiti
CONNECTICUT, USA, Friday July 20, 2012 – A former pupil of a school for disadvantaged youth in Cap-Haitien, Haiti has joined 22 other former students in filing a lawsuit against a Jesuit priest now living in Massachusetts, and others, alleging the defendants did nothing to prevent the school’s former director from sexually abusing them over a 10-year period.
In a civil complaint filed this week in federal court in Connecticut, a Haitian national, now in his early 20s, says the Reverend Paul E. Carrier; Fairfield University in Connecticut, and other defendants, are liable for the abuse he suffered from Douglas Perlitz, 42, former director of Project Pierre Toussaint in Cap-Haitien, Haiti.
The Haitian man’s complaint claims that Carrier, a former Fairfield chaplain; the university, and other defendants, ¬established the school, provided its funding, and ignored signs of Perlitz’s actions.
A lawyer for the university, ¬Stanley A. Twardy Jr., said Fairfield expects to be cleared.
“We feel that this complaint, like the others, should be and will be dismissed by the court,” he said. “It fails as a matter of law to state a claim against the university and further contains factual inaccuracies.” He added that those inaccuracies include the conte
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