HARTFORD — A Miami psychotherapist who heads up a nonprofit organization to assist sex-abuse victims will be meeting with 22 Haitian street boys who claim they were assaulted by Douglas Perlitz over a 10-year period.
The disclosure came during a news conference Wednesday in which Mitchell Garabedian, a Boston lawyer who specializes in sexual-abuse cases involving clergy, announced the filing of the 21st federal lawsuit against Perlitz for sexual abuse.
The suit also names as defendants the Rev. Paul Carrier, Perlitz’s mentor who helped him create the Project Pierre Toussaint program to educate, feed, shelter and clothe homeless boys in Cap-Haitien, and Hope Carter, a New Canaan philanthropist. The program shut down in 2009 just weeks before Perlitz’s arrest by U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.
In the suit, Garabedian alleges that both Carter and Carrier saw the latest plaintiff, Jimmy Jesula, with Perlitz in the latter’s bedroom. However, the suit does not claim Carter or Carrier saw Perlitz engaging in sex with Jesula.