Closings expected in Haiti child sex abuse trial

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

MIAMI (AP) - Closing arguments are expected in the federal trial of a Michigan man accused of sexually abusing Haitian children at a residential center he operated in the Caribbean country.

Matthew Andrew Carter of Brighton, Mich., 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 ran the Morning Star Center in Haiti from 1995 until his 2011 arrest at Miami International Airport.

Former Morning Star residents testified in Miami federal court that Carter forced them to perform sexual acts on him when they were children. Carter denied the allegations of sexual abuse when he testified Tuesday.

Prosecutors and Carter's attorneys will make their closing arguments to the jury Thursday morning.

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