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Suit Filed Against Fairfield U. In Haiti School Sex Case

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JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN, Associated Press

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ A federal lawsuit has been filed against Fairfield University, the Society of Jesus and a Colorado man sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison for sexually abusing children at a school he founded in Haiti.

One of the alleged victims of Douglas Perlitz of Eagle, Colo., filed the lawsuit Monday against Perlitz and others, seeking $20 million in damages against each defendant on each count they are named.

The lawsuit accuses the defendants of negligence in hiring and supervising Perlitz.

It accuses other defendants, some of them not named, of aiding Perlitz’s efforts to cover up the abuse.

Telephone messages were left for Fairfield University and the Society of Jesus, and an attorney for Perlitz.

   (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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