$12 million settles Perlitz Haitian sex cases

The Advocate

Michael P. Mayko
Published 9:59 pm, Saturday, June 29, 2013

The sordid sex scandal involving 24 Haitian street boys, Douglas Perlitz and the Project Pierre Toussaint program has come to an end.

Lawyers for the boys, who claim they were sexually abused by Perlitz, reached a $12 million settlement Friday with attorneys representing people and charities accused of promoting and raising money for Perlitz’s program but failing to properly supervise him.

Perlitz was among the founders of Project Pierre Toussaint, which outlined its purpose as helping to feed, clothe and educate Haitian boys in their country. Instead, the boys’ lawyers claim, it became an instrument of abuse.

“This ends the litigation pending in the District of Connecticut in connection with the Perlitz matter,” said Stanley A. Twardy Jr., Fairfield University’s lawyer. Twardy previously served as Connecticut’s chief federal prosecutor.

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