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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

3 Responses to “An Examination of Conscience”

  • Sak Passe:

    I am a retired child psychologist and conducted a small, informal research project in Haiti for several years. I much that was positive in his combination orphanage and B&B, I eventually became concerned, first because of multiple rumors in the community that Michael was sexually abusing the boys and second because of the allegations that came out of the group’s dance tour to Michigan. I proceeded informally to interview several of the boys. There was much denial but one of the boys said something to the effect that whatever Michael did that was negative was more than outweighed by the positive that he did. “If not for Michael,” one boy said. “I would have been found dead in the street long ago.” In any case, I let Michael know that I would not come to his St.Joseph’s Home for Boys again unless and until the extremely worrisome accusations were resolved in his favor. He wrote me an angry reply. And that was the last I heard from him.

  • carolineislands:

    I used to live in Haiti and worked for Michael Geilenfeld. I am a close personal friend of one of the victims and talked on many occassions to several of the boys who lived there, as well as some of the employees who corroborated the testimonies.
    Please feel free to contact me if you want to hear my story.
    Caroline

  • gbederson:

    It’s hard to believe that you could be prohibited from providing evidence in Haiti. I would think that the more evidence, the more justice can be done. I wonder on what basis the U.S. judge claims that you should not be able to do this.

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