Several times Tuesday, the soft-spoken Gedeus dropped his head and wept as he told a federal judge and a rapt, packed courtroom how Douglas Christian Perlitz sexually abused nearly two dozen homeless boys — the same children Perlitz was supposed to be caring for in the charity he created, Project Pierre Toussaint.
Gedeus' emotional words in U.S. District Court came as Perlitz, 40, formerly of Fairfield, was sentenced to 19½ years in prison — the full sentence requested by prosecutors — for sexually abusing the boys.
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