Sunday, 26 June 2011

[EOB]US man sexually abused Haitian kids


People walk near an earthquake-damaged house during a Corpus Christi procession in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on June 23, 2011.

A 66-year-old American, who operated on orphanage in Haiti, has been arrested on charges of sexually abusing boys he sheltered, US prosecutors say.

Matthew Andrew Carter was charged with forcing at least eight boys to perform sexual acts in exchange for food, shelter and schooling, Reuters reported on Friday.

Carter, a resident of Brighton, Michigan, has been running the Morning Star Center at various sites in Port-au-Prince since the mid-1990s.

He was arrested in Miami on May 8 and entered a plea of not guilty to four charges of child sex tourism, or traveling to engage in illicit sex with minors.

"He preyed upon and terrorized impoverished Haitian children who were in dire need of the services offered by the Morning Star Center -- the very children he was purporting to help," Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer said.

According to the US federal investigator, Alvaro Flores, Carter had forced the boys to perform sex acts on him and those who obeyed were rewarded and those who did not comply with Carter's demands would be hit with a stick or be threatened to be sent "back where they came from."

If convicted, Carter could receive a sentence of up to 105 years in prison. 

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