The director of a U.S.-based charity, Morning Star Center, a residential facility located in the Haitian city of Port-au-Prince that provided food and shelter to minors, was charged Thursday with sexually abusing minors in Haiti, according to a report released Friday by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s embattled director, John Morton.
"Few crimes are as despicable as the ones committed against these children in Haiti. For years, he sexually abused poor and orphaned children who depended upon him for food and shelter — all under the guise of doing noble work," said ICE Director Morton.
According to court documents, prior to his arrest, Carter operated and lived at Morning Star Center in Port-au-Prince. Morning Star Center, which Carter operated since the mid-1990s, was a residential facility that provided shelter, food and education to Haitian minors. The minors who lived at the center were orphans or from impoverished families who could not support them. From the mid-1990s to the present, Carter frequently traveled back and forth between the United States and the center in Haiti, often to raise funds for the continued operation of the center.
Carter allegedly sexually abused several minors in his care and custody at Morning Star Center during this time period. As alleged in court documents, Carter required the child victims to engage in illicit sexual conduct in exchange for gifts or money, or in order to remain at the center and continue receiving food, shelter and schooling.
If convicted, Carter faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison for one count of child sex tourism, and a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison for each of the other three child sex tourism counts.
"The acts that the defendant is charged with committing, quite simply, defy belief. As charged in the indictment, 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," said Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer.
"As this indictment shows, we will not allow sexual predators to avoid facing justice by committing their crimes in foreign countries. Together with our law enforcement partners abroad, we are determined to combat the sexual abuse of children no matter where it occurs," he said.
"This defendant preyed on innocent Haitian children living in severely depressed conditions, making his conduct particularly deplorable," said U.S. Attorney Wilfredo Ferrer. "Rather than using Morning Star as he promised – to administer aid and provide sanctuary to needy children – he used the center to manipulate, abuse and sexually exploit them. Sexual predators like this defendant cannot act with impunity. We will pursue and prosecute them, no matter where they choose to commit their heinous crimes."
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