Prosecutors Say Haiti Suspect Sought Boys in US

Published October 28, 2009

NEW HAVEN, Connecticut (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Colorado man charged with sexually abusing nine boys at a school he founded in Haiti was using his computer while in the United States to search for boys.

Authorities made the accusations in court papers as they argued that 39-year-old Douglas Perlitz should not be released from prison while he awaits trial. A judge kept him detained after his attorney said at a hearing Wednesday that he needed more time to come up with a large bond package.

Authorities say Perlitz enticed children at the Project Pierre Toussaint school in Cap-Haitien into sex acts by promising them food, shelter, cash, cell phones, electronics and shoes.

Perlitz has pleaded not guilty. His attorney says he did nothing illegal in the U.S.

Written by Associated Press

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