AFRICANGLOBE – American teenager and Christian missionary Matthew Durham 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.
Matthew Durham a volunteer from an Oklahoma charity confessed to raping HIV-positive orphans while on an alleged humanitarian mission to Kenya.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Matthew Durham Volunteered For A Christian Charity
According to an FBI press release, Durham was a volunteer at the Upendo Children’s Home in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital.
The charity was founded by Eunice Menja, a woman from Durham’s hometown, Edmond, Oklahoma. The group, which describes itself as a Christian charity, lays out its mission as follows on its website:
To provide child-centered programs that prepare all children for a lifetime of learning, while families of those children are empowered to become self independent. The programs provide quality, comprehensive early and late child development programs and family services to meet the basic needs of low income population. One child at a time- while we envision a community with no more child poverty, no more child abuse but every child with each basic need met.
You can read the full criminal complaint below. WARNING: Page seven, section 15 contains vivid descriptions of the sex acts in question.
2. The Feds Say Durham Raped HIV-Positive Orphans
On his last trip, between April 30 and June 17, 2014, Durham insisted on staying in the children’s home rather than with a host family, the feds say.
He was housed in an “overflow bunk.” During that period, the feds say he had sex with as many as 10 children, ages 4 to 9, some of whom were were HIV-positive. According to the FBI, in at least one case, Durham had full intercourse.
Durham was arrested at his family’s home in Oklahoma and was held without bond after facing a judge on July 18. He faces another preliminary hearing August 1. If convicted, he faces life in prison. He could also face charges in Kenya.