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Topic: Missionary accused of raping kids at African orpha
Posted By: Alias_Avi
Subject: Missionary accused of raping kids at African orpha
Date Posted: Jul 22 2014 at 2:01am

Teenage Missionary Accused of Raping Young Children at African Orphanage

Posted 5:05 PM, July 21, 2014, by" rel="nofollow - CNN Wire , Updated at 06:50pm, July 21, 2014

Matthew Durham, 19, allegedly confessed to sexually assaulting several children at an orphanage in Kenya, police said. (Credit: KFOR)

An Edmond teenager faces a possible life in prison sentence after authorities say they learned about shocking crimes he allegedly committed on an African mission trip.

The suspect was volunteering at a Kenyan children’s home when he allegedly raped and molested a number of young children.

According to court records, 19-year-old Matthew Durham confessed to raping several young girls, forcing some boys to perform oral sex on him and even making other kids watch.

“This is a young man in our community that made choices to exploit children in an orphanage,” said United States Attorney Sanford Coats. “It’s a true tragedy all the way around.”

The 19-year-old suspect traveled overseas with a group called Upendo.

Upendo is an organization that assists neglected Kenyan kids by providing food, housing, clothes and religion.

While Durham volunteered to travel overseas several times over the last two years, on his last visit, the criminal complaint alleges, “Durham requested to stay at the children’s home in an ‘overflow bunk’ rather than at an offsite facility.”

During that visit, several alleged victims claimed Durham “often touched them in a sexual manner or told them to touch themselves while he watched.”

Once confronted, Durham allegedly came clean.

“A caretaker at the orphanage noticed something wasn’t right and confronted Mr. Durham. He admitted to some of the acts,” said Coats.

The affidavit continues, “The victims are believed to be both boys and girls between the ages of four and nine, at least one of whom is HIV positive.”

Prosecutors say while the alleged sex crimes were committed overseas, Durham can be held accountable for the crimes in Oklahoma.

Durham is being held without bond.

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Posted By: mizzsandra00
Date Posted: Jul 22 2014 at 2:12am
This is so sad....these kids already have suffered enough.....and the ages 4-9......I hope they leave him in Kenya and put him in prison for life.....sick bastard.

Posted By: afrokock
Date Posted: Jul 22 2014 at 2:20am
They are just trying to extradite him to a cushy prison in Oklahoma where he won't serve significant time

Leave him in Kenya

And tbh I despise these foreign do gooders for real

Posted By: Katrenia
Date Posted: Jul 22 2014 at 2:47am
That crime was probably his intent when he decided to do missionary work in Kenya.

Posted By: NARSAddict
Date Posted: Jul 22 2014 at 3:58am
Sadly he isn't the first and he won't be the last. 

Posted By: exoticmami06
Date Posted: Jul 22 2014 at 7:03am
shyt like this makes me so angry

Posted By: smartgirl88
Date Posted: Jul 22 2014 at 9:30am
This is so sad.poor kids

Posted By: smartgirl88
Date Posted: Jul 22 2014 at 9:31am
I haven't seen this on the news

Posted By: mizzsandra00
Date Posted: Jul 22 2014 at 9:33am
Originally posted by CherryBlossom CherryBlossom wrote:

rapist and degenerate hiding under the guise of doing good...just like his ancestors

they should castrate him with a rusty knife and let him die slowly

I really do side eye these so called "missionaries" in africa


Posted By: alynxx
Date Posted: Jul 22 2014 at 9:56am

Posted By: BBpants
Date Posted: Jul 22 2014 at 11:13am
SMFH.....those poor children.

Posted By: carolina cutie
Date Posted: Jul 22 2014 at 11:28am
They should leave his american ass in prison unprotected while waiting extradition. Let the local men take care of the trash. We don't want it back here.

Those poor kids.Cry

Posted By: Katrenia
Date Posted: Jul 22 2014 at 11:42am
He'll be the next Amanda Knox and yt America will attempt to defend him because yt American doesn't value children of color. 
He should serve his time where his crime was committed. I doubt this man is a diplomat and shouldn't have diplomatic immunity.

Posted By: Prtybrwneye_z
Date Posted: Jul 22 2014 at 11:44am
"While Durham volunteered to travel overseas several times over the last two years, on his last visit, the criminal complaint alleges, “Durham requested to stay at the children’s home in an ‘overflow bunk’ rather than at an offsite facility.”

This bastard figured he had an easy target that no one would care about. Last visit nothing, I bet he abused kids on each and every trip he made. This scum needs to serve his time right where he committed his crime.

Posted By: sexyandfamous
Date Posted: Jul 22 2014 at 12:13pm
He needs to be jailed in Kenya, not Oklahoma. He needs to stay in a foreign prison - didn't he abuse foreign kids? Let Kenya keep this bastard. I hope he caught HIV too.
Disgusting filthy son of a b!tch, those kids already have nothing, and then he goes there to "teach religion". He has been abusing kids for years and was getting away with it. He needs to stay in Kenya!

Posted By: ThoughtCouture
Date Posted: Jul 22 2014 at 12:36pm

Posted By: marie67
Date Posted: Jul 22 2014 at 12:49pm
Many of these sexual predators deliberately get into fields where they know for certain that children will be in abundance such as (School teachers, camp counselers , day care workers etc.). I don't feel sorry for these deviants who prey on others just for their own sick satisfaction! They are cowards to say the least!

Posted By: rell85
Date Posted: Jul 22 2014 at 1:52pm
He should have never been allowed to sleep in the same room with them that should have been a red flag.

Posted By: thewonderfulwa
Date Posted: Jul 22 2014 at 2:18pm
disgusting, He shouldn't be extradited leave his ass in Africa where he will suffer for the rest of his life hes a sexual predator he doesn't deserve comfort.

Posted By: tatee
Date Posted: Jul 22 2014 at 2:38pm
Quote Upendo is an organization that assists neglected Kenyan kids by providing food, housing, clothes and religion.

Stern Smile

Posted By: nekamarie83
Date Posted: Jul 22 2014 at 3:41pm
Originally posted by tatee tatee wrote:

Quote Upendo is an organization that assists neglected Kenyan kids by providing food, housing, clothes and religion.
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OK?! cause you know i was done at the title and SUPER DONE at that sentence. 

like way to include religion among basic life necessities.  then assert that to be without it (as these helpful CACs see fit), is to be neglected. 

so much disgust and audacity right now. that bastard should be tried where he committed his crime. 

Posted By: StylingArabella
Date Posted: Jul 22 2014 at 5:33pm
"During that visit, several alleged victims claimed Durham “often touched them in a sexual manner or told them to touch themselves while he watched.”

I am so sad for these children, but I applaud these victims for speaking up and ending this monsters terror. Some kids are understandably  too frightened to speak up because the monsters usually scare them into not telling.

Posted By: Brjasuga51
Date Posted: Jul 22 2014 at 6:08pm
Wolf in sheep clothing

Posted By: sunshine321511
Date Posted: Jul 22 2014 at 7:24pm
Originally posted by smartgirl88 smartgirl88 wrote:

This is so sad.poor kids
I was thinking the same thing, if he was "BLACK" would be on every NEWS station.

Posted By: Tbaby
Date Posted: Jul 22 2014 at 7:27pm
Evil ppl who hurt kids deserve a sloooow and painful death.  That still wouldn't be justice.

Posted By: K_Camille
Date Posted: Jul 22 2014 at 7:30pm
I feel for those kids..they've been through enough.  And sadly, I feel like this type of thing is very common occurrence. Sleepy

Posted By: afrokock
Date Posted: Aug 06 2014 at 4:55pm

Posted By: ms_wonderland
Date Posted: Aug 06 2014 at 5:27pm
people in his religion probably believe him.  Spreading that submissive believe in anything shat to people all around the world so they can get away with exploitation.  I really hope he didn't contract HIV bc he could have spread it to other children. 

Posted By: sexyandfamous
Date Posted: Aug 06 2014 at 9:04pm
So he is already back at the USA? Let me guess, he will be free, have to do some community service, pay some bs fee, and see a shrink.
Should've kept him, Kenya.

Posted By: sexyandfamous
Date Posted: Apr 05 2016 at 3:49pm

Oklahoma man gets 40 years in prison for raping Kenyan orphans during mission trip

OKLAHOMA CITY — A former missionary from Oklahoma convicted of sexually abusing children at an orphanage in Kenya was sentenced Monday to 40 years in a federal prison.

U.S. District Judge David L. Russell handed down the sentence to Matthew Lane Durham, 21, who had faced up to 30 years on each of four counts of engaging in illicit sexual conduct in foreign places. He also ordered Durham, of Edmond, to pay restitution of $15,863." rel="nofollow - OKLAHOMA TEEN SEXUALLY ABUSED ORPHANS IN KENYA

“These were heinous crimes committed on the most vulnerable victims. He was their worst nightmare come true,” Russell said.

Durham, wearing an orange prison-issued jumpsuit, read a statement before sentencing in which he asked the court for mercy but did not express remorse for the offenses he was convicted of. Durham showed no emotion when the sentence was issued.

Prosecutors alleged Durham targeted orphans while volunteering at the Upendo Children’s Home in Nairobi between April and June 2014. Durham had served as a volunteer since 2012 at the orphanage, which specializes in caring for neglected children.

“All I wanted was to follow God’s plan for me,” Durham told the judge. He said he will try to commit himself to serving others while he serves his prison sentence.

Although Durham claims he is innocent of the charges, he said he was sorry that the accusations against him had damaged the orphanage and those it cares for.

“The Upendo kids do not deserve this,” Durham said.

In a sentencing memorandum, prosecutors said Durham’s actions have had a chilling effect on the lives of dozens of foreign volunteers in Kenya and elsewhere “who must now live under the cloud of suspicion, distrust and apprehension when they volunteer their time, talent and resources for the betterment of children in East Africa and beyond.”

“There is a real perception among Upendo’s local Kenyan community that more pedophiles lurk among the volunteers, especially the young male volunteers,” prosecutors said.Cry

A jury convicted Durham in June on seven counts of engaging in illicit sexual conduct in foreign places, but Russell acquitted Durham on three of the charges in January.

The same jury cleared Durham of accusations he planned to abuse the children before leaving the United States. Defense attorney Stephen Jones has said Durham plans to appeal his convictions.

The orphanage’s founder, Eunice Menja, read a statement in court Monday in which she said the sexual abuse was “not only a betrayal of the Upendo mission but of the trust Upendo placed in him.”

“Matthew Durham defiled the children,” Menja said as she fought back tears. “Matthew has no remorse. After he got caught, he still denied.”

Menja told reporters after the hearing that she hopes Durham’s 40-year sentence is long enough to prevent him from being a threat to anyone else.

“We’re hoping that when he comes out he will be a changed man,” she said.\" rel="nofollow - OKLAHOMA TEEN CLAIMS DEAMON MADE HIM MOLEST KENYAN ORPHANS

Federal prosecutors had asked in their sentencing memo that Russell to sentence Durham to 120 years in prison — the maximum punishment he faced. Jones had sought a sentence of just eight years, followed by probation.

Evidence produced by prosecutors included handwritten, signed confessions that Durham gave orphanage officials after he was accused of inappropriate behavior.

Jones has argued that the statements were coerced by orphanage officials who isolated Durham, took his passport and created the allegations to obtain $17,000 from the U.S. government for security cameras.

Jones has described Durham, who was 19 when he was charged in 2014, as “an emotionally vulnerable teenager” who was struggling with “sexual identity and development” while also being a devout Christian.

Posted By: CLCNY20
Date Posted: Apr 05 2016 at 3:52pm
Jesus Christ, wtf?  Why would you go over there and do that?  I don't fcking get it--he made them watch too???

I do hope they leave him there to serve time where he committed the crimes.

Posted By: K_Camille
Date Posted: Apr 05 2016 at 4:13pm
I'm glad he was sentenced but sad for the victims. They'll be traumatized for life while he'll possibly get off on good behavior.

Posted By: eanaj5
Date Posted: Apr 05 2016 at 5:10pm
I can't...he needs to rot and yes I hope his term is served right there
No 3 hots and a cot for that undeserving bastard

Posted By: NJHairLuv
Date Posted: Apr 07 2016 at 6:12am
I hope that he dies in jail and that any other pedos in that organization are arrested. I feel so sorry for the children that he victimized.

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