He ran a missionary orphanage in Haiti. Now he’s accused of sexually abusing the kids- Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

By Alex Harris


Daniel Pye ran a missionary orphanage in Haiti for years, where he fed and cared for 22 children. This week he was arrested and hit with federal charges of sexually abusing some of the minors he was charged to protect.

Pye, originally from Bradenton, volunteered at Haitian orphanages for years with his wife before they started their own in Jacmel, a southern coastal city. In Haiti, missionary orphanages house, care for, feed and educate orphans as well as underprivileged children with living parents.

The 35-year-old, who lives in Ashdown, Arkansas, was arrested and charged with child sex tourism.

In a federal criminal complaint, prosecutors accused Pye of molesting three of the girls in his care. One was 6 years old at the time. Her mother was fired from her job at the orphanage after she confronted Pye, according to the complaint, although he continued to pay her.

The complaint lists four victims, with most of the abuse centered on the then-6-year-old, who spoke with investigators in 2015.

“She said PYE had sexually abused her every day, whether his wife was home or not, beginning in 2008, when she was approximately six (6) years old, and ending … in 2011,” according to the complaint.

An unnamed witness told authorities she shared a room with Pye at a religious conference in Kentucky, and he told her he “had an inappropriate relationship with one of the kids” at the orphanage. When she pressed him weeks later, he said he regretted trusting her, according to the complaint.

A second victim, who was 9 at the time of the abuse, told authorities she saw Pye molesting the first girl and having sex with another victim, who was around 12 or 14 years old at the time. She said Pye would touch her inappropriately while they were swimming.

Investigators used flight records and the posts on Pye’s Facebook account to confirm his travel dates to and from Haiti.

Pye has been imprisoned before. He was held in a Haitian jail cell for five months — at first on no charges and then for possessing “illegal documents.” It took a combined efforts from lawyers, missionary friends, Haitian senators, the country’s Ministry of Justice and the U.S. Embassy to free him.

Pye is scheduled to make his first appearance in court to determine who his lawyer will be.

Law enforcement encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) through the toll-free Tip Line at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE or by completing the online tip form at https://www.ice.gov/webform/hsi-tip-form.

Alex Harris: 305-376-5005, @harrisalexc


I seem to remember his situation, from years ago, when a Haitian team tried to force the turn-over of assets held by this guy.
It is easy to get someone in Haiti to testify to anything.
A few dollars and the game is changed.
The American authorities had best check the veracity of their witnesses. Perhap a polygraph.
There are many, many cases of sexual abuse involving minors. These real cases should be pursued to the ultimate end.
I would support castration of the guilty parties.
However, in this case, I would really maintain some doubt.


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  1. Home sweet home: Haitian jail nightmare over for Bradenton man

    MANATEE — Cheers rang out the moment Daniel Pye’s plane door opened shortly before 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Dolphin Aviation.
    By PARADISE AFSHAR – pafshar@bradenton.com

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    MANATEE — Cheers rang out the moment Daniel Pye’s plane door opened shortly before 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Dolphin Aviation.

    Seconds later, his daughter, Riann, ran onto the tarmac. She couldn’t help it any longer. She’d been waiting to see her dad since he was jailed in Haiti in October.

    “That’s my daddy,” the 4-year-old yelled as she jumped into his arms.

    He replied, “Princess,” as he held his little girl in his arms.

    His wife, Leann, 27, followed with a kiss and a hug as dozens of their friends and family watched the family reunion. Leann is expecting to give birth to their son, Joseph Daniel, in the coming days.

    “It feels great,” said Daniel, 29. “Thank you very much for your support. I’m looking forward to the birth of Joseph.”

    Daniel was set free from jail Tuesday and said he has since had one Pizza Hut pizza and about six showers.

    The Bradenton man runs an orphanage and mission in the southern coastal city of Jacmel, Haiti. Daniel was originally arrested in October without charges being filed against him when he went to a Haitian courtroom to sign paperwork regarding the mission where he and his wife take care of 22 children. He was released Christmas Eve, only to be charged with owning a false identification card as he was walking away from the jail with his wife.

    In a previous interview with the Herald, Leann said they obtained Haitian identification cards legally from the immigration office in the capital Port-au-Prince seven years ago. Daniel’s card expired in April 2010, but he had since obtained another form of legal identification.

    Family and friends, along with Haitian officials and the U.S. Embassy, pushed hard for his release.

    Now they are nothing short of thrilled.

    “We’re very excited,” said family friend Martha DiPalma. “We’re believers, so we are just thanking God.”

    His return to Bradenton was truly a family affair. Daniel’s sister Tammy Morel drove from South Florida to see her brother.

    “I knew he was going to get out,” she said crying. “It makes you appreciate things more.”

    Daniel informed her Wednesday of his release in an e-mail. She got goose bumps as she read it.

    “I feel like this is not real, I’m a free man,” he wrote.

    “I was crying,” said Morel, who then drove to work at the University of Miami, where many of her coworkers shared in the joy.

    “I call him my little unsung hero,” Morel said, adding that she wishes her father, Ken Pye, who is currently teaching in China, and brother Ken Pye Jr., who is in Tallahassee, could have made it to see Daniel.

    Morel’s children made welcome signs. Other family members held balloons with messages of “I love you” and “Welcome back.”

    Brittanie Smith, 13, cried when her uncle stepped off the plane. She couldn’t believe she was seeing him for the first time since August, when she visited him in Manatee.

    “He’s fun,” Brittanie said.

    Although they had been waiting for Daniel’s return since October, the final few hours dragged on. The private plane was supposed to land at about 1 p.m. Then it got delayed until about 7:20 p.m.

    At about 7:45 p.m., loved ones lined up to greet Daniel only to discover the plane that landed was carrying local state Republican Reps. Jim Boyd and Greg Steube on their way back from the legislative session in Tallahassee.

    “I couldn’t be happier that he is back on American soil. He’s doing good work over there,” said Boyd, who has ties with the family and waited to greet Daniel. He had to leave, however, after learning Pye’s flight from Fort Lauderdale was delayed another 45 minutes.

    According to Osner Fevry, a legal expert in Haiti who provided Daniel assistance pro-bono, the same judge who jailed Daniel in October signed his release order Tuesday, allowing him to finally leave the cell he had shared with 28 other men.

    Fevry worked on Daniel’s case since it began, and on Monday had several conversations with the judge and other officials urging Daniel’s release.

    “We finally agree, investigative judge Samedy and I, that Brother Daniel Pye will be released from prison tomorrow, Tuesday March 15, 2011, and that the Court Order will be hand delivered to me in person, to get Daniel PYE out of prison,” Fevry wrote in an e-mail to officials dated Monday. “Pray for that special trip. Hope everything will work in accordance to His plan for us all.”

    Fevry drove to Jacmel to take the court order from the office of the judge and, from there, to get Daniel out of prison.

    “Daniel PYE and his family will freely continue their missionary/humanitarian work among our needy children in Haiti,” Fevry wrote in the e-mail.

    Daniel concurred Thursday night, saying he would eventually return to Haiti.

    But as he stepped away from the bright lights of the television cameras, his wife pulled him close and said, “You’re mine now.”

    Riann, who was close by, refuted that statement by leaping into her father’s arms again.

    “No, he’s mine!” she said.

    Paradise Afshar, Herald staff writer, can be reached at 745-7024.

    Read more here: http://www.bradenton.com/latest-news/article34507362.html#storylink=cpy

  2. I well recall the situation wherein some Haitians were endeavouring to get property owned by his man signed over to them.

    Using friends, of friends or relatives in power to put legal presure on one is not unusual, He could have remained locked up forever.

    The charges must be verified by caeful questions.

    We do have child molesting problems but his may or may not be one.

    I must remain suspicious.

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