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Dec 16, 2010 5:49 PM by Greg Boyce

Colorado man to be sentenced next week for abusing children in Haiti

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a Colorado man who sexually abused children at a school in Haiti he founded also threatened to kill a prosecutor.

Authorities cited the alleged threat in court papers Thursday as they argued Douglas Perlitz of Eagle, Colo., should be sent to prison for more than 19 years when he is sentenced next week.  The 40-year-old Perlitz admitted in August to engaging in illicit sexual conduct with eight children.
Authorities say he made a threat in a phone call in July and that his brother vowed to take revenge against prosecutors. Perlitz and his brother have not been charged, but authorities say an investigation was continuing.

William Dow III, Perlitz's attorney, said there was no plan to harm any prosecutor. He said the comments reflected anger and frustration over the case and Perlitz's brother apologized.

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