Nora R. Dannehy, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced “a federal grand jury sitting in Bridgeport returned a superseding indictment today charging Douglas Perlitz with additional counts related to the alleged sexual abuse of several boys in Haiti,” in a press release today.
The superseding indictment charges Perlitz, a Fairfield alumnus who graduated in 1992, with nine counts of traveling outside of the United States with the intent to engage in sexual conduct with persons under the age of 18, and 10 counts of engaging in sexual conduct in foreign places with persons under the age of 18. The alleged activity occurred between 1998 and 2008.
Perlitz has been detained since Sept. 16, 2009 after the original Bridgeport grand jury indicted Perlitz on ten counts of related to the alleged abuse of nine boys. The superseding indictment adds nine counts and references an additional nine alleged victims. He is currently being held at the Donald W. Wyatt Federal Detention Facility in Central Falls, R.I.
If convicted, Perlitz faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 30 years and a fine of up to $250,000 on each count of the indictment.
Perlitz funded and operated Project Pierre Toussaint, which became essentially a boarding school for poor Haitian boys in Cap-Haitien. The Haiti Fund, which was chaired by Rev. Paul Carrier, the former Campus Ministry director at Fairfield, and half of whose members were comprised of people with Fairfield ties, raised money for the charity.
This indictment comes only days after Perlitz’s legal team filed a motion to dismiss all charges.