Over 130 people who say they were molested at a school in Haiti connected to Fairfield University, have settled a lawsuit for $60 million, pending approval by a federal judge in Hartford.
The Jesuit university agreed to the settlement with several other defendants, including the Haiti Fund, the Society of Jesus of New England, the Order of Malta, and others that had supported the now-defunct charity, Project Pierre Toussaint
The lawsuit claimed that the Haitian school’s founder, Douglas Perlitz, molested over 100 boys while operating the facility, which housed and taught children as young as six. Perlitz is currently serving a 19-year prison sentence for the abuse after being convicted in 2011.
Perlitz graduated from Fairfield in 1992 and was the university’s commencement speaker in 2002, years after the Haitian school opened. The university also honored Perlitz with its humanitarian award and an honorary degree.