165 years in prison for US man in Haiti sex abuse

MIAMI (AP) — A Michigan man has been sentenced to 165 years in prison for traveling to Haiti to sexually abuse children in a center for the poor he set up in the Caribbean country.

A federal jury in Miami in February convicted Matthew Andrew Carter on five counts of traveling from Florida for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity with minors, along with one count of attempting child sex tourism.

Judge Joan Lenard on Wednesday imposed the maximum sentence sought by prosecutors for the 68-year-old. It was 15 years in prison for the first count and 30 years in prison for each of the remaining charges.

During Wednesday’s hearing, Carter disputed the credibility of the witnesses who testified against him, and he questioned the lack of physical evidence presented during his trial.

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