Fairfield University Statement re: Doug Perlitz


On Thursday, September 17, Fairfield University officials learned, through media reports, that Doug Perlitz, a 1992 graduate currently living in Colorado, had been arrested and charged with sexual abuse of students attending a school in Haiti that he founded. Since the founding of the Haiti program in 1997, called Project Pierre Touissant, individual members of the University community - faculty, staff, and students - have supported the school with their time, talents, and financial resources, as have community members who participated in services at the University's Chapel. The charges involved in this case are shocking and very troubling and it is important that the judicial process move forward appropriately.

As a Jesuit and Catholic institution that celebrates the God-given dignity of every human person and is committed to the Jesuit ideal of cura personalis, "care for the whole person," we invite prayers for all involved in this difficult situation, especially for the young men at the Project Pierre Touissant school.

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Media Contact: Martha Milcarek, Asst. Vice President for Public Relations, (203) 254-4190

Posted on September 18, 2009