Daniel Pye, 36, a resident of Ashdown in Little River County, was sentenced yesterday to 40 years in prison for sexually abusing children while working as a missionary in Haiti, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida announced in a press release.

Pye was convicted  in November to three counts of traveling in foreign commerce with the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct with a minor, also known as “child sex tourism.”


From the U.S. Attorney press release, here is the horrific story:

According to court records and the evidence presented at trial, Pye was a missionary who operated an orphanage in Jacmel, Haiti, from the years of 2006 through 2012. The orphanage provided shelter, clothing, food, and school tuition to children without families and to children whose families could not afford to feed or otherwise support their children. Pye obtained financial support for the orphanage through his connections with numerous religious organizations and other nonprofit groups in the United States. During his time operating the orphanage, Pye would regularly sexually abuse the female residents of his orphanage, including girls as young as six years old. As described by the Haitian victims during trial, Pye routinely sexually abuse his victims both at the orphanage and while at the beach. 

After leaving Haiti, Pye resided in eastern Texas before settling in Ashdown, Arkansas.