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23 Former Students File Lawsuit against Reverend and Fairfield University over Sex Abuse

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A former student of a school for disadvantaged youth in Haiti has filed a lawsuit in Connecticut federal court, joining 22 other former students in allegations that Rev. Paul E. Carrier, Fairfield University, and for director of the Project Pierre Toussaint in Cap-Haitien, Haiti Douglas Perlitz, did not stop Perlitz from sexually abusing them.

According to the Boston Globe, the victims were abused from 1998 to 2008 while the men were between the ages of 9 and 21. The lawsuit says that Carrier, Fairfield University, and other defendants founded the school, provided funding for it, and then ignored the signs that Perlitz was abusing the children.

An attorney for the university says “We feel that this complaint, like the others, should be and will be dismissed by the court. It fails as a matter of law to state a claim against the university and further contains factual inaccuracies.”

The lawsuit says that Carrier saw boys in the bedroom of Perlitz, saw him show at least one student pornographic videos, and was aware of a late night meeting between Perlitz and a child. Though Carrier stopped the meeting, he also obstructed investigations into Perlitz, the complaint states.

In 2010, Perlitz admitted to abusing eight Project Pierre Toussaint boys in federal court, and is currently serving a 19-year prison sentence. The plaintiffs are seeking $20 million in damages.

breakinglawsuitnews.com disclaimer: This article: 23 Former Students File Lawsuit against Reverend and Fairfield University over Sex Abuse was posted on Monday, July 23rd, 2012 at 8:51 pm at breakinglawsuitnews.com and is filed under Personal Injury Lawsuits.

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