Colo. man pleads guilty in Haiti sex abuse case

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — A Colorado man has acknowledged sexually abusing eight boys at a school he founded in Haiti for street children.

Douglas Perlitz pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in New Haven, Conn., to travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct. The charge carries up to 30 years in prison.

As part of a plea deal, he admitted to engaging in illicit sexual conduct with eight children.

Perlitz is a former Connecticut resident who now lives in Eagle. He was charged last year with enticing boys at the Project Pierre Toussaint School in Cap-Haitien into sex acts by promising them food, shelter and other items.

Prosecutors say Perlitz also withheld benefits and threatened to expel the boys if they refused his wishes.

Sentencing is set for December.



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