NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Fairfield University in Connecticut and others that supported a charity designed to help feed and educate boys in Haiti face additional lawsuits alleging school founder sexually abused children.
The 21 new federal lawsuits were filed Thursday in Connecticut. They allege the defendants, who also include the Society of Jesus of New England and others, were negligent in their hiring and supervision of Douglas Perlitz. The suits seek $20 million in damages for each victim.
The university and others reached a $12 million settlement in July with children sexually abused by Perlitz. He was sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison for abusing boys who attended Project Pierre Toussaint School in Cap-Haitien (kahp haht-YEN').
An attorney for Fairfield University declined to comment. A Jesuit spokeswoman had no immediate comment.