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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.