Haitian Sex Abuse Victims To Get Restitution

News Americas, NEW HAVEN, CT, Weds. Aug. 17, 2011: Sixteen Haitian victims of a convicted American-born sex predator will soon get restitution.

U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton of Connecticut federal judge has ordered the distribution of nearly $49,000 in restitution to the victims of jailed child sex abuser, Douglas Perlitz, 40.

Perlitz pleaded guilty in August 2010 to traveling overseas to engage in sex with a minor. He was sentenced in December 2010.

The money was seized from two bank accounts and a retirement account that Perlitz maintained. The judge has ordered $1,000 each for the victims.

According to court records, around 1997, Perlitz obtained funding to create Project Pierre Toussaint (PPT), a school for boys in Cap-Haitien, Haiti.

In pleading guilty, Perlitz admitted that, at various times between 2001 and 2008, he traveled from airports in the United States to Haiti to engage in illicit sexual conduct with minors and did, in fact, engage in sexual conduct with minor boys who attended school at PPT.

The government has alleged that between 1998 and 2008 Perlitz victimized at least 18 minor boys. Six victims traveled from Haiti to offer testimony at his sentencing.