Man denies at trial sexually abusing Haitian kids

AP News
Posted: Feb 26, 2013 1:07 PM

MIAMI (AP) — A Michigan man on trial in Miami federal court denies sexually abusing Haitian children at a residential center he operated in the Caribbean country.

Matthew Andrew Carter faces five counts of traveling from Florida to Haiti for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity with minors, along with one count of attempting child sex tourism.

Carter said Tuesday that the Haitian national police investigated a few complaints of sexual misconduct at his Morning Star Center since 2003. Haitian authorities never arrested him.

Haiti's government shut down the center after U.S. authorities arrested Carter in 2011.

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Under questioning by his attorney, Carter said he provided children at the center with food for their families and a daily allowance for school. He denied having sexual relations with any of the center's residents.