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Settlement reached in sex abuse of Haitian boys

Posted at 8:43 AM, Jul 01, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-01 04:47:17-04

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Fairfield University and others who supported a charity designed to help feed and educate boys in Haiti have reached a settlement with children who were sexually abused by a founder of that group.

Douglas Perlitz was sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison in 2011 for the assaults after acknowledging he engaged in illicit sexual conduct with boys who attended the Project Pierre Toussaint School in Cap-Haitien.

Twenty-four boys sued, seeking damages. The Connecticut Post reports (they will receive a total of $12 million.

Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, who led the plaintiffs' legal team, planned to hold a news conference Monday to discuss the terms of the settlement.

Stanley Twardy Jr., an attorney for the university, says none of the defendants admitted any liability.