WASHINGTON, United States, Thursday March 2, 2017 – An American man who ran a missionary orphanage in Haiti has been charged for allegedly having sex with girls who resided there.
Prosecutors say 35-year-old Daniel John Pye traveled from Florida to Haiti on multiple occasions between 2008 and 2011 for the purpose of sexually abusing minors. Over the period, they say, he sexually assaulted at least four victims between the ages of six and 14.
He has been charged with “traveling in foreign commerce with the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct with a minor”, the US Attorney for the Southern District of Florida Wifredo Ferrer.
Pye began running the missionary orphanage that cared for, fed and educated orphans as well as underprivileged children with living parents, in the southern coastal city Jacmel about 11 years ago. It was affiliated with Haitian Children’s Home, but following a financial conflict, he was fired by the board of Haitian Children’s Home. However, Pye continued to run the orphanage with alternative funding.
According to the criminal complaint, the mother of one of Pye’s victims – a six-year-old who was the subject of most of the sexual abuse – was fired from her job at the orphanage when she confronted the American about his actions. However, Pye continued to pay her.
“She said Pye had sexually abused her every day, whether his wife was home or not, beginning in 2008, when she was approximately six years old,” the complainant stated, adding that the abuse went on until 2011.
Another victim, who as nine years old at the time, said Pye would touch her inappropriately while they were swimming. She said she also saw him molesting the six-year-old girl and having sex with another victim, who was around 12 or 14 years old at the time.