Man who accused orphanage founder appeals defamation verdict

Lawyers are headed back to court following a jury’s $14.5 million defamation verdict against a Maine man who accused an orphanage founder in Haiti of being a serial pedophile.

Attorneys representing Paul Kendrick contend orphanage founder Michael Geilenfeld didn’t have jurisdiction to sue in federal court because he was living outside the U.S.

A hearing on Wednesday will focus on where he was living when the lawsuit was filed.

In July, a federal jury awarded $7 million to Geilenfeld, founder of St. Joseph Home for Boys in Haiti, and $7.5 million to a North Carolina-based charity, Hearts with Haiti.

More former residents have since come forward with sexual abuse allegations in Haiti, where police padlocked the orphanage and sought to detain Geilenfeld.

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