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Father John Unni is the pastor of St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church in Boston and a former member of the Board of Directors of Hearts with Haiti.

Here is an excerpt from a just released Federal Court document:

Mr. Hamlyn (Hearts with Haiti Executive Director) testified that Mr. Kendrick contacted Father Unni and because of those allegations, Father Unni met with one of the alleged victims….Mr. Hamlyn also acknowledged that Father Unni then told the members of the HWH Board that he found the victim’s account of abuse to be credible, and subsequently, Father Unni resigned because he was concerned about the allegations and because he wanted the HWH Board to conduct an investigation.

COMMENTARY

The speech below, entitled “Success, Failure and Happiness,” is posted on Facebook and described as excerpts from Mr. Joe Boulos’s commencement speech, delivered by Mr. Boulos at the 2014 Cheverus High School graduation ceremony in June. (I suspect, though, that it is a copy of his entire speech).

Mr. Boulos is a 1964 graduate of Cheverus High School and a former member of the Cheverus Board of Trustees.

Boulos Stadium is named in remembrance of Mr. Boulos’s father.

As is often the case at gatherings of Jesuit alumni, prideful references and boasts are made about the tenets of our Jesuit education; i.e., the formation of Jesuit educated students to become “people for others.”

Mr. Boulos did not disappoint.

Here’s part of what he said.

“I truly believe that…future success and happiness depend not on what we accumulate but how we take those resources that we have, large or small, and use them to help others. After all, isn’t that what a Jesuit education at Cheverus has taught us???? “BE A PERSON FOR OTHERS”? And by the way, when you’re helping others, don’t look for something in return. Do it with humility!

Mr. Boulos even quotes Malcolm Forbes: “You can easily judge the character of a person by how he treats those who can do nothing for him” Think about that statement and think about how that correlates to what you have learned on Ocean Avenue over the last four years. Pretty close I think.

On many occasions, I have reached out to Mr. Boulos in an effort to convince him to meet with me, a Cheverus alumnus, and/or the former Cheverus students who were sexually abused by Charles Malia, former Cheverus teacher and coach..

The victims of Malia have not received a fair measure of compensation for the damages, harms and injuries inflicted upon them as a result of their abuse by Malia

It is the duty and obligation of Cheverus officials to protect its students from being harmed.

Instead, the negligence of Cheverus officials enabled Malia to sexually abuse students.

I had hoped beyond hope that if Mr. Boulos were to meet one on one with the former Cheverus students who were sexually abused; by directly engaging himself with their innocent suffering; by listening to their horrific stories, Mr. Boulos’ heart would be so moved with compassion that his mind would be challenged to change.

Sadly, Mr. Boulos did not respond to my pleas to meet the victims. He won’t give them ten minutes of his time.

(“You can easily judge the character of a person by how he treats those who can do nothing for him”)

Mr. Boulos is hardly alone in his failure to demand redress for the crimes committed against these neglected victims. The overwhelming majority of members of the extended Cheverus community satisfied themselves that the victims of Malia have not been left behind.

More than forty years ago, Pedro Arrupe, S.J., former Superior General of the Jesuits, told the 1973 International Congress of Jesuit Alumni of Europe: “Today our prime educational objective must be to form men and women for others…men and women who cannot even conceive of love of God which does not include love for the least of their neighbors; men completely convinced that love of God which does not issue in justice is a farce.”

The service of our faith must include the promotion of justice.

Paul Kendrick
Cheverus ’68
207-838-1319
kendrickpt@aol.com

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SUCCESS, FAILURE AND HAPPINESS

Delivered by Joseph Boulos, ’64
2014 Cheverus High School Commencement Ceremony
June 2, 2014

I am assuming you, the graduates sitting in front of me here today, want to be successful.
And, that you also want to be happy while achieving that success! Two pretty good goals and quite possibly, two very achievable goals!

The SUCCESS THING

The dictionary defines SUCCESS as “an event that accomplishes its intended purpose” For some of you, it may mean getting all A’s and going to Harvard. For others, it may mean winning the State Championship in basketball and for others, making a lot of money.

For ME, the definition of success is simple- if I wake up every morning and look in the mirror and say that I have done everything in my power to accomplish the goal I have set out— Be it a real estate development, a fundraising event, or helping someone in my family thru a difficult time- then I consider that a successful “event”. Although success can indeed be measured one “event” at a time – Please don’t ever judge success or failure in your lifetime based on a single EVENT. You and I may succeed or fail one event at a time but if we allow that one success or that one failure to define us for the rest of our lives, we are in for a whole lot of trouble! If you quote “fail” to get into Harvard or in my case, you don’t build the Civic Center that you dreamed about developing for years, should this one event define your life or mine? It better not, because as many have said in the past “it’s not the knock down, it’s how quickly you get up and get back in the fight. So when you don’t get into that special college you dreamed of, when later in life you don’t get that promotion you so richly deserved, and when that business you started fails, think about Joe Boulos being turned down for an appointment to the United States Naval Academy fresh out of Cheverus and ending up as a US Marine pilot and later Chairman of the Board of Colby College! My dad used to say “things happen for a reason”. Move forward, shake it off! The real test is how you handle both the setbacks and the successes. As Winston Churchill said ” NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, EVER GIVE UP”! Let the other person hang their head and say “it just isn’t fair!”, Let the competition give up. Don’t you give up! Work harder, try harder, study harder. If you truly want to accomplish something worthwhile in life, you can do it but you MUST NOT QUIT! As a coach of mine once said, “a winner is a loser who tried one more time!”

But what about SUCCESS? If you think about it, sometimes handling success can be harder than handling failure.

I have met many people in my life who are wealthy and by conventional standards are considered successful but in my opinion they are the antithesis of successful!. WHY?, because they could not handle it!! My dad was a success, not because he built a large electrical company that is still around after 90 years but because he built it with hard work and integrity and believed in the social justice concept that if he and the company did well then the employees who helped him to achieve that should enjoy the fruits of that success just as much as the owner! I truly believe that his, mine and your future success and happiness depend not on what we accumulate but how we take those resources that we have, large or small, and use them to help others. After all, isn’t that what a Jesuit education at Cheverus has taught us???? “BE A PERSON FOR OTHERS”? And by the way, when you’re helping others, don’t look for something in return. Do it with humility!

Malcolm Forbes said “You can easily judge the character of a person by how he treats those who can do nothing for him” Think about that statement and think about how that correlates to what you have learned on Ocean Avenue over the last four years. Pretty close I think.

I started my commercial real estate company 39 years ago, with no more experience than as a Marine helicopter pilot who flew in Vietnam and Laos. I”ll never forget what people told me when I started: “You’re a pilot. You don’t know anything about the commercial real estate business, you have no experience, you’ve been away from Portland for over 10 years, and you don’t have any money, What are you thinking???”

I told this to my wife Sheri (who is in the audience tonight) and she said,” well, you are a Marine! You do know how to take a risk. You know what hard work, discipline and commitment is all about. If you bring that same passion and commitment and hard work to this new venture: what’s the worst that can happen to you or us if you fail? Will they put us in jaiI? NO! Will they put you in a helicopter and send you back to Vietnam, NO!” I tell you this because no matter whether you want to pursue a PHD, start a business, be an astronaut or go Teach for America, somebody will tell you “you can’t do it, you’re not smart enough, you’re not in good enough shape, you have no money, you have no experience! We all know those types of people. Well, I am living proof that it can be done, not because I am smarter than anyone else or for that matter the person with all the right connections. I did it and every one of you can do anything you want to do it if you put aside your fears, focus, take a risk and work like hell! You see, you really only get one shot at this life so why not take that shot! Discover YOUR passion (Not your parent’s passion or someone else’s passion for you but YOUR passion!)

If everyone around you has told you for years that you should be a doctor because you have straight A’s in bio but your interest deep down is in teaching, follow your own good instincts, GO TEACH! If your instinct is to work with your hands, go become a plumber or electrician ! Those INSTINCTS are usually right and will bring you success but more importantly satisfaction and happiness. Every one of you here today can do anything you truly aspire to. Whether you were an A student or a D student at Cheverus, it’s not too late. Now is the time to commit. Now is the time to get into the game and take your risk! You know, sometime taking a risk is nothing more than saying to your peers “ you know what, I’m going to pass up that party and study tonight”, or I am going to play the Tuba and not football! Please, please don’t watch from the sidelines, don’t go along with everyone else. Don’t compromise. You’re too young to compromise!
And when you do achieve that success and you will, try to remember that you did not do it alone and that many people helped you along the way. I always tell any executive that I hire at The Boulos Company two things. Number 1, if you lie, you’re gone! Number two, see that receptionist out there? She is just as important as you are so treat her with respect! In other words, when later in life people start calling you sir, “Don’t start smelling your own perfume”! I often tell the story of my dad’s influence in my life and how he told all his kids not to believe their own press clippings. A perfect example of this is when I found out that Colby was awarding me an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree a few years back. I asked my dad if he wanted to drive up to Colby and attend the ceremony. He said sure.He was 91 at the time. As we were driving north on the turnpike, I said “Dad, can you believe Colby is giving me an honorary degree?” Without missing a beat and looking straight ahead, he said “ I can’t believe you graduated!” Don’t take yourself too seriously, life will be a lot more fun if you don’t!

So how do I relate my definition of success, and failure to achieving some kind of happiness along the way? Let me tell you a story. A friend of mine grew up with many gifts. Fantastic athlete, gifted student, caring parents that surrounded him with lots of love. In spite of all this, for the first 25 years of his life he struggled mightily. Drugs, Alchohol, you name it! You say, “How could that possible be?” He had everything! But you know what he didn’t have?? He didn’t have a realization that within in him there was what he now calls a magnificence that would allow him to turn all his gifts outward for the benefit of others. IN OTHER WORDS HE PLAYED FOR HIMSELF! Nothing he did was for the team, nothing was for his family or his school or for anyone around him. He had everything but he had nothing. It was all about him and no one else.
Then at the age of 26 he decided to take up painting. Turns out, like everything else he did, he was brilliant! He had a god given talent to paint. He tells the story that he woke up one day and said WHY, WHY am I so good at everything I try. There has to be a reason. Well, there was and neither he nor his parents understand how his life was transformed in less than a year from a depressed, self indulgent 25 year old to a healthy caring person for others, but I have an idea. He started to realize thru the creative process of painting he could bring this joy of painting to others. Thru this medium, he created something for others and thus gave something to himself. Happiness! Today, he is a recognized world class artist who, in my opinion, finally found happiness by giving to others thru a gift of painting given to him. I would like to paraphrase a recent talk he gave to aspiring artists that applies to all of us here today.

He said “How many of you deep down believe there is magnificence within you? Well, it is my pleasure to inform you that every one of us in this room is full of magnificence. If you are a human being, you are magnificent. It’s that simple. Let me be clear to define magnificence as being unlimited and infinite potential to manifest or create. Now the fun part is that in nature no two of us are exactly alike. So, each of us has the possibility of expressing our magnificence in a variety of ways. That is what makes the world so dynamic and wonderful!”

So you see that Success, Failure, and Happiness are all tied together. Please take your gift, your Cheverus education, your magnificence, your passion, be it creativity, compassion for others, the ability to influence or simply the ability to start a business and do good with it, in the end that’s all that really matters!

Good luck. Thank your parents and teachers for your Cheverus education and take great pride in your accomplishment here today and remember that you are a Cheverus Grad. Be proud of that and GO STAGS!!!! —

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: Peter DeTroy
Tel: 207.774.7000

RALEIGH, North Carolina – September 23, 2014 – After years of slanderous and unfounded accusations, in February 2013 Hearts with Haiti and Michael Geilenfeld of the St. Joseph Family in Haiti filed suit against Paul Kendrick in the United States District Court of the District of Maine for defamation, false light, and tortious interference.

Beginning in January 2011, Mr. Kendrick, from his desk in Freeport, Maine, created and disseminated false allegations of child abuse against Michael Geilenfeld, the St. Joseph Family of Haiti, and Hearts with Haiti.  Without ever meeting Michael or any resident or staff of the homes, and having never visited any of the three children’s homes for disabled and disadvantaged children in Haiti, Mr. Kendrick attacked Michael and the St. Joseph Family of Haiti.  Intending to dismantle the St. Joseph Family’s fundraising network in the United States and Canada, Mr. Kendrick personally targeted the St. Joseph Family’s largest donors, fundraisers, and benefactors — including Hearts with Haiti.

As part of Mr. Kendrick’s ongoing campaign, he disseminated false allegations of child abuse to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. agency with authority to investigate and prosecute crimes against children by a U.S. citizen anywhere in the world.

The Department of Homeland Security launched an exhaustive investigation into Mr. Kendrick’s claims and found them to be baseless—a fact that was communicated to Mr. Kendrick directly by a senior Homeland Security official in October 2012.  However, unable to accept that he had wrongfully accused Michael and numerous others of crimes against children, Mr. Kendrick continued his internet smear campaign without regard for the falsity of his heinous allegations.

On August 28, 2014, these facts were laid out in detail in a 54-page order by the U.S. District Court (2:13-cv-00039-JAW) in which the court found that and jury could reasonably conclude that Mr. Kendrick knew his allegations were false or personally entertained serious doubts as to their veracity.  This ruling exposed Mr. Kendrick to significant personal liability at trial which is set to begin October 7, 2014.

September 5, 2014, within days of the order and just four weeks before trial, Michael was unexpectedly arrested and detained by police in Haiti.  Based on the information presently known, the arrest was made without warrant and without formal charges.  Michael’s arrest and detention is being challenged within the Haitian court system and Hearts with Haiti is confident that Michael will again be exonerated of any false allegations being made against him or the St. Joseph Family of Haiti.  The timing and circumstances of the arrest are highly suspicious and Hearts with Haiti, as a plaintiff in the lawsuit against Mr. Kendrick, intends to fully discover Mr. Kendrick’s involvement in the same.

As stated throughout the litigation against Mr. Kendrick, Hearts with Haiti strongly believes in and will continue to support the mission of the St. Joseph Family of Haiti and the incredible care it provides to the most disadvantaged and disabled children in Haiti.

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Hearts with Haiti is a 501(c)(3) invested in fostering a brighter, more sustainable future for the young people of Haiti.

IGNATIUS GROUP____

IT’S TIME FOR US TO STOP, LOOK AND LISTEN TO THE CRIES OF THE CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE VICTIMS IN HAITI.

PORTLAND, MAINE ATTORNEY PETER DETROY IS LEAD ATTORNEY FOR MICHAEL GEILENFELD, A MULTI ACCUSED CHILD MOLESTER.

ATTORNEY DETROY IS DOING EVERYTHING HE CAN TO AVOID THE TESTIMONIES OF SEVEN HAITIAN MEN WHO WILL TESTIFY AT TRIAL THAT GEILENFELD SEXUALLY ABUSED THEM WHEN THEY WERE CHILDREN LIVING IN GEILENFELD’S CARE IN HAITI.

On the night of Tuesday, September 16th, Plaintiffs filed a lengthy and sensational motion for sanctions against Mr. Kendrick, containing accusations which, if true, would constitute federal crimes. In the ensuing days, counsel for Mr. Kendrick devoted substantial time and resources in an effort to oppose this motion and prepare for a hearing on the same. No less than three attorneys spent time participating in researching the allegations and drafting an opposition to the Fifth Motion for Sanctions, with a fourth attorney reviewing the same.

 

Motion to Continue Hearing on Motion For Sanctions


 

Case 2:13-cv-00039-JAW Document 257 Filed 09/22/14 Page 1 of 5 PageID #: 2513

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT DISTRICT OF MAINE

HEARTS WITH HAITI, INC.

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and MICHAEL GEILENFELD,

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Civil Action No. 2:13-00039-JAW

Plaintiffs

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v.

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PAUL KENDRICK,

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Defendant

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DEFENDANT’S REPLY TO PLAINTIFF’S OPPOSITION TO
MOTION TO CONTINUE HEARING ON MOTION FOR SANCTIONS

           Now comes Defendant Paul Kendrick, by and through his attorneys, Rudman Winchell, and hereby replies to Plaintiffs’ Opposition to the Motion to Continue.

Due to Plaintiffs’ advance and withdrawal of various allegations just days before the hearing scheduled on the motions for sanctions, the record of precisely what issues will be presented to this Court is now muddled. On the night of Tuesday, September 16th, Plaintiffs filed a lengthy and sensational motion for sanctions against Mr. Kendrick, containing accusations which, if true, would constitute federal crimes. In the ensuing days, counsel for Mr. Kendrick devoted substantial time and resources in an effort to oppose this motion and prepare for a hearing on the same. No less than three attorneys spent time participating in researching the allegations and drafting an opposition to the Fifth Motion for Sanctions, with a fourth attorney reviewing the same.

On Sunday, September 21, five days after the motion was filed, Plaintiffs filed a one- paragraph withdrawal of the fifth motion for sanctions, without explanation other than a desire to conduct discovery. (It is no surprise that Plaintiffs wish to conduct discovery concerning the

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Fifth Motion for Sanctions, as there is no evidence to support their remarkable claim that Mr. Kendrick—from Freeport Maine—collaborated with high-placed officials in the Haitian government to have Mr. Geilenfeld arrested on allegations of indecent abuse.1)

In Plaintiffs’ opposition to the Motion to Continue, they also announce for the first time that they are no longer attempting to prove a number of serious and equally sensational allegations, including that Mr. Kendrick was involved in activities ranging from bribery and orchestrating a raid on an orphanage, to kidnapping. Once again, it is likely that this decision was tactical, based upon a dearth of evidence. It cannot be ignored, however, that counsel for Mr. Kendrick was obligated to devote heavy resources over the course of this lawsuit, and just recently, to defend these serious claims. It is not clear from the Plaintiffs’ filing whether the issues dropped (such as the allegation that Mr. Kendrick was somehow behind a Haitian police raid) are now waived, or merely preserved for later.

It is clear, however, from the Plaintiffs’ withdrawal and Opposition to the Motion to Continue that they now seek to conduct multiple hearings on these motions for sanctions as well as an opportunity to conduct discovery. By advancing and withdrawing serious allegations in this fashion, it is now unclear what issues will actually be addressed at the evidentiary hearing presently scheduled for Thursday, September 25th. Plaintiffs should be required to affirmatively state which issues are to be heard, rather than indicating (in ad hoc fashion) which issues they are no longer pursuing.

The Second Circuit has recently addressed the minimum requirements of due process applicable to motions for sanctions:

Due process requires that courts provide notice and opportunity to be heard before imposing any kind of sanctions.” Schlaifer Nance & Co. v.

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1 It should be noted that, as a result of the Fifth Motion for Sanctions, defense counsel was forced to divert critical resources from preparing for trial to respond to a catalogue of far-fetched allegations.

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Estate of Warhol, 194 F.3d 323, 334 (2d Cir.1999) (internal quotation marks omitted).

Specifically, “[a]t a minimum, the notice requirement mandates that the subject of a sanctions motion be informed of: (1) the source of authority for the sanctions being considered; and (2) the specific conduct or omission for which the sanctions are being considered so that the subject of the sanctions motion can prepare a defense.” Id.

We have observed that the first requirement is fulfilled by the identification of the relevant Federal Rule of Civil Procedure or statute that warrants imposition of a sanction. Id.

Mantell v. Chassman, 512 Fed. Appx. 21, 23-24, 2013 WL 616379, 1 (2nd Cir. 2013). At a minimum, Mr. Kendrick should be entitled to clear notice of the issues that are being raised, not a confused record such as that now created by Plaintiffs.

Presently, Plaintiffs are advancing and withdrawing allegations on a day-to-day basis. Counsel for Mr. Kendrick has been obligated to devote time and money to preparing for allegations that are no longer being asserted on Thursday, but which will presumably be asserted at a later date. A hearing on a motion for sanctions in which Plaintiffs seek a default judgment is a matter of the utmost seriousness. Such a hearing should be preceded by an orderly noticing of the specific issues and sufficient time to prepare.

This Court should reject the Plaintiffs’ suggestion that it conduct multiple hearings on motions for sanctions. The hearing on the Plaintiffs’ motions for sanctions should be re- scheduled and Plaintiffs should be obligated to make a new pre-hearing filing, expressly identifying the precise conduct they allege Mr. Kendrick to have engaged in as well as the rule, statute, or order the alleged conduct is purported to have violated.

There should be one evidentiary hearing conducted to address all of the Plaintiffs’ allegations that have accrued to date. Mr. Kendrick should not be obligated to participate in a

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series of evidentiary hearings on these issues while at the same time trying to prepare for trial on the merits.

WHEREFORE, Defendant respectfully requests that this Court issue an Order, ruling a follows:

  1. the hearing presently scheduled for Thursday, September 25th is continued;

  2. Plaintiffs must submit a concise, pre-hearing filing expressly enumerating without argument each instance of alleged conduct together with the rule, statute, or order that the conduct is purported to have violated;

  3. all accusations concerning conduct allegedly occurring prior to the date of the filing described in paragraph 2, above, not expressly raised, are forever waived and cannot serve as the basis for future motions for sanctions.

Dated : September 22, 2014 /s/ F. David Walker, IV

F. David Walker, IV, Esq. Brent A. Singer, Esq. RUDMAN WINCHELL Attorneys for Defendant

84 Harlow Street – P.O. Box 1401 Bangor, ME 04402-1401

207.947.4501

Dwalker@rudmanwinchell.com

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CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE

I, F. David Walker, IV, hereby certify that on September 22, 2014, I filed the Defendant’s Reply to Plaintiff’s Opposition to Motion to Continue Hearing on Motion for Sanctions with the Clerk of the United States District Court using the CM/ECF system, which will send notification electronically to the registered participants as identified on the Notice of Electronic Filing (NEF).

/s/ F. David Walker, IV

F. David Walker, IV

http://www.pressherald.com/

Orphanage founder’s arrest in Haiti could delay defamation lawsuit in Maine
Michael Geilenfeld, 62, was accused by Paul Kendrick of Freeport of sexually abusing boys at the St. Joseph’s Home for Boys in Port-au-Prince.

BY SCOTT DOLAN STAFF WRITER
sdolan@pressherald.com | @scottddolan | 207-791-6304

http://www.pressherald.com/2014/09/08/orphanage-founders-arrest-in-haiti-could-delay-his-defamation-lawsuit-in-maine/

Read more here

http://www.wrpc.org/newsletter/archive/view/listid-1-mailing_list/mailid-71-a-letter-to-the-wrpc-congregation/tmpl-component

Read more here:

http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/09/20/4165595_saint-or-predator-haitian-missionary.html?sp=/99/106/&rh=1#storylink=cpy

http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/09/20/4165595_saint-or-predator-haitian-missionary.html?sp=/99/106/&rh=1

http://www.pressherald.com/2014/09/15/before-defamation-trial-of-sex-abuse-activist-a-timely-twist/

PortlandPress-2014-09-15_11-17-38

http://reseaucitadelle.blogspot.com/2014/09/commentary-examination-of-conscience-by.html

Commentary – An Examination of Conscience

 

Commentary / An Examination of Conscience
By Paul Kendrick

I KNOW THE RIGHT THING TO DO.

SO, WHAT’S STOPPING ME?

US FEDERAL JUDGE JOHN WOODCOCK IS THREATENING TO PUT ME IN JAIL AND/OR FINE ME TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IF I PROVIDE CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION, EVIDENCE AND TESTIMONY TO POLICE AND JUSTICE OFFICIALS IN HAITI.

DO I SIMPLY GO ALONG WITH JUDGE WOODCOCK AND ALLOW THE CRIES FOR HELP FROM FRIGHTENED AND SUFFERING ABUSE VICTIMS IN HAITI TO TAKE A BACK SEAT TO JUDGE WOODCOCK’S COURT ORDER TO SEAL ALL DOCUMENTS IN A CIVIL LAWSUIT AGAINST ME?

Law enforcement and Justice officials in Haiti have launched a criminal investigation against
U.S. citizen, Michael Geilenfeld, director of an orphanage in Haiti and the same multi accused child molester who is suing me for defamation.

As a result of the discovery process in my civil trial, I am in possession of important and timely information that will assist the Haitian National Police in their investigation of criminal child sexual abuse charges against Geilenfeld in Haiti.

My lawyers and the lawyers representing Geilenfeld have the same information.

Judge Woodcock has threatened me with “contempt of court” and ordered me not to disseminate any of the documents obtained during the discovery process.

Sadly, I cannot rest assured that Judge Woodcock fully comprehends the cultural complexities of a place like Haiti where child sexual abuse is epidemic.

Time is of the essence.

Eight days ago, on Friday, September 5, 2014, Geilenfeld was arrested by the Haitian National Police on suspicion of charges of indecent assault of children and criminal conspiracy, Port-au-Prince General Prosecutor Charles Kerson told the Associated Press. Geilenfeld is now imprisoned at a penitentiary in Port au Prince.

Portland, Maine Attorney Peter DeTroy, Geilenfeld’s lead attorney in the civil case, is exerting extreme pressure and influence on Haiti government officials in an attempt to obtain Geilenfeld’s release from a Haiti prison, thus enabling Geilenfeld’s quick return to the US where he will be safe from prosecution in Haiti.

By his comments to a US newspaper, DeTroy is paying great insult to Port au Prince Prosecutor, Charles Kerson, Haiti National Police and Haiti Justice officials, all of whom participated in the arrest of Geilenfeld and the closing of his orphanage.

DeTroy and his law partner, Attorney Russell Pierce, are telling reporters that the charges against Geilenfeld brought by Prosecutor Kerson and Haiti government officials are “false and suspicious…baseless…without merit,” insinuating in a very real way that Prosecutor Kerson and Haiti government officials are puppets and stooges of outside special interest groups.

Child protection advocates know from experience that if Geilenfeld remains in jail until his trial (and is not granted bail); a) children will be safe from his abuse / Geilenfeld is a multi accused child molester; b) Geilenfeld, now under extreme pressure, will not be able to threaten and intimidate victims and witnesses; (c) more victims will come forward if they can be assured that Geilnfeld cannot retaliate against them and; d) Geilenfeld will not have an opportunity to escape from Haiti to avoid prosecution.

We must show respect to the people of Haiti. The children who were abused, and their families, and the Haitian society, have a legitimate right to see Michael Geilenfeld brought to justice for crimes committed against Haitian children in the Haiti judicial system.

In February 2013, Geilenfeld and Hearts with Haiti, a North Carolina-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit that raises money for Geilnfeld’s orphanages in Haiti, filed a defamation law suit against me in federal court in Portland, Maine, alleging that, for the previous two years, I published “false and heinous” allegations of Geilenfeld’s involvement in child sexual abuse.

The civil trial will begin in three weeks. At least seven Haitian men will offer their testimonies that they were sexually abused by Geilenfeld when they were children living in Geilenfeld’s care at his orphanage in Haiti.

I believe the courageous men who will testify at trial.

I stand by them.

It is painful for me to listen to the horrific and disgusting things that Geilenfeld did to them when they were children. The world will soon share in their suffering.

These men have placed themselves at great personal risk to help protect other children from abuse in Haiti.

They are heroes.

Paul Kendrick
Freeport, Maine
207-838-1319