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Haiti Missionary Arrested on Child Sex Tourism Charges

Samuel Maxime


ASHDOWN, Arkansas, USA ( – An Arkansas man who ran a missionary orphanage for years in Haiti was arrested this week by federal agents and charged with child sex tourism.

Previous March 2011 arrest of Daniel Pye in Haiti The wife of an American pastor is speaking out as her husband is being held in a Haitian prison for the last five months and counting. Reportedly, Daniel Pye has suffered sexual abuse, and overcome both malaria and cholera during his imprisonment. Leanne Pye, who is nine months pregnant, spoke to Bill about the living conditions in which her husband is living, saying, “I have no hope of getting him out anytime soon.”

Daniel Pye, 35, ran the orphanage 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 volunteered at Haitian orphanages for years with his wife before they started their own in Jacmel according to the Miami Herald. In Haiti, missionary orphanages house, care for, feed and educate orphans as well as underprivileged children with living parents.

Pye has been imprisoned before. In 2011, he was held in a Haitian jail cell for five months — at first on no charges and then for possessing “illegal documents”.

According to the Herald, his lawyers, missionary friends, Haitian senators, the Haitian Ministry of Justice and the U.S. Embassy worked together to free him.

Pye’s arrest is the latest of a series of crackdowns on pedophilia rings, under U.S. President Donald Trump’s justice department. Daniel Pye is scheduled to make his first appearance in court to determine who his lawyer will be. Read details on the federal complaint against Pye.

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About The Author

Samuel Maxime is a Haitian-born citizen living in the United States. He founded The Haiti Sentinel to bring Haitian issues to an English language audience.