Activist who accused orphanage founder loses new-trial bid

Staff Writer
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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine activist who falsely accused a Haiti orphanage founder of molesting boys and was ordered to pay $14.5 million in damages has lost his bid for a new trial.

A federal judge Friday upheld a jury's verdict and ordered activist Paul Kendrick to pay damages with interest. Kendrick said Monday the jury was "deceived and manipulated" and he anticipates further appeals.

Kendrick had accused orphanage founder Michael Geilenfeld of being a serial pedophile.

Geilenfeld denied the allegations and sued Kendrick. A jury awarded damages to Geilenfeld and a North Carolina-based charity in July.

Geilenfeld returned to Haiti after the verdict, but his whereabouts are unknown.

Haitian police with an arrest warrant searched for him Friday as investigators looked into new sexual-abuse allegations against him.