Okla. teen accused of raping orphans on Kenyan mission trip

An Oklahoma teenager allegedly raped and molested a number of young children between the ages of 4 and 9 at an African orphanage while on a mission trip.

Matthew Durham, 19, confessed to his crimes, which he committed at a Kenyan children’s home while volunteering with the organization Upendo Kids International. Upendo is a missionary organization that sponsors children’s care, education and health programs in Kenya. Durham has travelled to Kenya with the organization several times.

On his last visit, Durham requested to stay in the children’s home rather than at an offsite facility, according to the criminal complaint. While there, he “often touched them in a sexual manner or told them to touch themselves while he watched.”

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

Although Durham committed the crimes overseas, he can still be held accountable in the United States. He is being held without bond and could face life in prison.

Read more on this story at KFOR-TV.

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14 comments

    • monika gonzalez

      I don’t think the race matters in regards to this story. I find it pathetic that people like you automatically want to throw the race card in every situation possible. You are apparently an idiot and a racist!!!! This person committed the worst type of crime possible and it doesn’t matter if he is white, Mexican, purple or green….!!! get your head out of your ass and look at the real issue!

    • Jeremy

      Stop making excuses. This is not a accusation he admitted he raped mutiple kids . Lets not make this a race issue.Little kids are ruined for life because of this jerk.

  • fran

    I would like to see an investigation of his church in OK, and in his hometown. I’ll bet he molested children in the US too. No voodoo was practiced and I hope his lawyer does not use an “Affluenza” defense. Lock him up for good or castrate him.

  • Hunderman

    This is a horrible crime and he should be punished…That being said how can the US prosecute him for a crime committed in a different country. Send him back there and let them deal with him for the crimes he committed on their soil against their children. Now we have to pay for this asshole.

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