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Haiti officials looking into new allegations of sex abuse against US man who founded orphanage

  • FILE - In this July 9, 2015 file photo, Michael Geilenfeld arrives to federal court in Portland, Maine. Activist Paul Kendrick was convicted Friday, July 24, 2015, of defaming Geilenfeld, founder of a Haiti orphanage and a federal jury ordered Kendrick to pay $14.5 million for his email blitz that accused Geilenfeld of being a serial pedophile. On Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, Haitian investigators began looking into new allegations of child sex abuse against Geilenfeld. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

    FILE - In this July 9, 2015 file photo, Michael Geilenfeld arrives to federal court in Portland, Maine. Activist Paul Kendrick was convicted Friday, July 24, 2015, of defaming Geilenfeld, founder of a Haiti orphanage and a federal jury ordered Kendrick to pay $14.5 million for his email blitz that accused Geilenfeld of being a serial pedophile. On Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, Haitian investigators began looking into new allegations of child sex abuse against Geilenfeld. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Police with an arrest warrant search unsuccessfully for Michael Geilenfeld at a private residence in the mountainside town of Kenscoff, on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Friday, Oct. 30, 2015. Haitian investigators are looking into new allegations of child sex abuse against the U.S. man who founded an orphanage for boys in Haiti’s capital decades ago and was already the subject of an earlier criminal case recently sent to an appeals court in the Caribbean country. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)

    Police with an arrest warrant search unsuccessfully for Michael Geilenfeld at a private residence in the mountainside town of Kenscoff, on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Friday, Oct. 30, 2015. Haitian investigators are looking into new allegations of child sex abuse against the U.S. man who founded an orphanage for boys in Haiti’s capital decades ago and was already the subject of an earlier criminal case recently sent to an appeals court in the Caribbean country. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Police with an arrest warrant search unsuccessfully for Michael Geilenfeld at a private residence in the mountainside town of Kenscoff, on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Friday, Oct. 30, 2015. Haitian investigators are looking into new allegations of child sex abuse against the U.S. man who founded an orphanage for boys in Haiti’s capital decades ago and was already the subject of an earlier criminal case recently sent to an appeals court in the Caribbean country. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)

    Police with an arrest warrant search unsuccessfully for Michael Geilenfeld at a private residence in the mountainside town of Kenscoff, on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Friday, Oct. 30, 2015. Haitian investigators are looking into new allegations of child sex abuse against the U.S. man who founded an orphanage for boys in Haiti’s capital decades ago and was already the subject of an earlier criminal case recently sent to an appeals court in the Caribbean country. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)  (The Associated Press)

Haitian investigators say they're looking into new allegations of sex abuse against a U.S. man who founded an orphanage for boys.

The move comes shortly after an earlier case accusing Michael Geilenfeld of abusing youngsters was sent to an appeals court in the Caribbean country.

A few months ago, a U.S. jury ordered a Maine activist to pay $14.5 million for falsely accusing Geilenfeld of sexually abusing Haitian children.

The Iowa native founded the St. Joseph Home for Boys in Haiti's capital decades ago. He denies the allegations of sex abuse that have dogged him for years.

Haitian police on Friday searched unsuccessfully for Geilenfeld at a private residence and a home for children. A government official showed reporters an arrest warrant for Geilenfeld signed by a prosecutor.