New Haiti suits level claims against Rev. Carrier

CT Post

Michael P. Mayko, Staff Writer

Published 05:50 p.m., Thursday, January 5, 2012

FAIRFIELD — The Rev. Paul E. Carrier, a prominent Fairfield County Jesuit priest who helped Douglas Perlitz establish a program for abandoned boys in Haiti, allegedly was present when Perlitz showed one of the boys pornography and also when Perlitz slept with another boy, according to federal court documents.

Mitchell Garabedian, a Boston lawyer representing 21 Haitian boys who claim they were sexually abused by Perlitz, further accused Carrier of being present when Perlitz “arranged a rendezvous” at his Cap-Haitien home “with one of the boys for late in the evening.”

“All of these circumstances should have alerted Father Carrier … that something was amiss in Perlitz’s dealings with boys in his care at Project Pierre Toussaint,” said Garabedian, who has sued Catholic dioceses and clergy across the county for sexual abuse.

Now Garabedian and Steven Errante, a New Haven lawyer, have filed 20 suits on behalf of 21 of the former students at Perlitz’s Project Pierre Toussaint, citing violations of state, federal and international law.

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