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Dec 21, 2010 8:16 AM by Bea Karnes

Sentencing for Colorado man over Haiti child abuses

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A Colorado man who sexually abused children at a school he founded in Haiti is returning to a federal court in Connecticut for sentencing.

Douglas Perlitz of Eagle, Colo., is scheduled for sentencing Tuesday in New Haven.

Some of his victims from Haiti are expected to testify. 

Perlitz admitted in August to engaging in illicit sexual conduct with eight children. Prosecutors want Perlitz sent to prison for more than 19 years, saying he preyed on some of the world's most vulnerable children for years.

Perlitz's attorneys urged the court to impose a sentence of 8 to 10 years, saying despite the crimes he also helped street children in Haiti. They also cite a "dark and abusive" relationship he had with a priest when he was in college.

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