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New Lawsuit Filed In Haiti Abuse Case

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Fairfield University (Photo Credit: Spencer Platt / Getty Images)

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ Fairfield University and others that supported a charity designed to help feed and educate boys in Haiti are facing another lawsuit by a man alleging he was sexually abused by a founder of the school. 

The federal lawsuit seeks $20 million in damages.

The university and others reached a $12 million settlement last month with children sexually abused by Douglas Perlitz, who was sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison for sexually abusing boys who attended Project Pierre Toussaint School in Cap-Haitien.

The victims’ attorney, Mitchell Garabedian, said he’s investigating another 31 claims of sexual abuse by Perlitz and may file additional lawsuits. The suit alleges the defendants ignored warning signs and failed to prevent or stop abuse. Telephone messages left with attorneys and a Jesuit spokeswoman were not immediately returned.

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