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Mich. man convicted of sexually abusing children at a residential center he operated in Haiti

A federal jury in Miami has convicted a Michigan man of sexually abusing children who lived at the residential center he operated in Haiti.

The jury deliberated about 90 minutes Thursday before also finding Matthew Andrew Carter guilty of one count of attempting child sex tourism.

Carter often traveled from Florida to Haiti to operate the center from 1995 until his arrest at Miami International Airport in 2011

Former Morning Star Center residents testified during the three-week trial that Carter forced them to perform sexual acts on him when they were children.

Carter denied the allegations and his attorney said no physical evidence supported the accusations.

Prosecutors contended Carter forced the children to engage in sexual acts with him in exchange for food, clothes, toys and a place to sleep.

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