A chilling shadow


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(NECN: Brian Burnell) – It’s a story reminiscent of the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal – more than a dozen children in Haiti abused while people in charge looked the other way. Now, the Boston attorney, who spearheaded the Catholic Church sex abuse fight, is all over this one, too.

And this time, the attorney has something he did not get in the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal: a guilty plea.

Douglas Perlitz plead guilty to sexually molesting 8 boys at the Pierre Toussant School for Homeless Children in Haiti between 1998 and 2008. He is now serving nearly 20 years in federal prison.

Boston Attorney Mitchell Garabedian has filed 20 complaints in federal court seeking over $400 million on behalf of 21 children. It names not only Perlitz but the Society of Jesus which oversaw the school, Reverend Paul Carrier who was on the school’s board and Fairfield University. Carrier was the chaplain at Fairfield.

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