Teen volunteer faces life prison sentence for crimes committed in African orphanage

EDMOND, Okla. – An Edmond teenager faces a possible life prison sentence after authorities said he committed shocking crimes while on an African mission trip. The suspect, 19-year-old Matthew Durham, was volunteering at a Kenyan children’s home when he allegedly raped and molested a number of young children, according to court records.

Durham confessed to raping several young girls, forcing some boys to perform oral sex on him and even making other kids watch, according to court documents.

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

Edmond traveled overseas with a group called Upendo. The organization 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 alleged, “Durham requested to stay at the children’s home in an ‘overflow bunk’ rather than at an offsite facility.”

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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 confessed.

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

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

Durham is being held without bond.

Source: KFOR

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26 comments

  • kammi

    I can see now how these children will have trust issues. I hope he caught HIV and I hope he gets the same treatment in jail that he dished out to those children.

    • manalishi

      So you pay for the “chump” out of your own pocket. Hang the Obama supporter. Enough with the Americorps accolades and those that found the backdoor GS job acceptance.

      • sw

        you try to act so smart but unfortunately your not as smart as you want to pretend. It cost more taxpayer money to put someone to death than it does to give them life in prison. Do some research.

      • Maria Amelia

        No way to reply to a reply, but this is or SW, not Manalishi; SW, you write ” It cost more taxpayer money to put someone to death than it does to give them life in prison. Do some research.” – That’s just because the system is screwed up, if that is the case, and it may be, I have an alternative: put a .45 bullet on his head: it costs close to nothing and surely not the fortune it costs paying for the drugs or keeping someone in prison for life! Speedy trial, is a constitutional right, and a speedy execution should be too! And as far as I know, there’s no shortage of bullets (not yet.) Problem with capital punishment is that it’s another hypocritical aspect of our society; people want to do it on a “sterile” way, sugar coat it; if capital punishment is justified, and one thinks it is right, there should be no problems executing criminals. If one has any moral issues with it, then one should not do it and should let someone who does not be the executioner. Dig a grave, make the perpetrator, if enough unquestionable proof is available (it is in this case, he confessed, no pony, fake confession obtained, etc.) put a bullet to the back of his head, shovel, and be done with it.

    • Troll

      athynz is my hero because he always has a deeply profound point to make. NOT. athynz is more like the village idiot who states either the obvious or the ridiculous.

      • athynz

        And again you can’t leave me alone. Why is that oh brave keyboard warrior? Oh, excuse me – brave VETERAN keyboard warrior… Whatever David, we all know you are nothing more than a lying, spineless piece of gutter-trash spawn. I’m not going to hop posts to track time stamps nimrod.

    • dandooly

      Even better, hang him by his dick til he slowly starves to death, no wait. Hang him from a tree in lion country, oh yeah!
      In fact all pedophiles should be treated with the utmost contempt and then execute them, they are no use to society.

      • athynz

        Once proven beyond any shadow of a doubt that they are guilty pedophiles should be publicly executed… a .45 bullet is much cheaper then an extended prison stay and that particular pedophile is no longer a threat. Plus it sends a message to the rest as to what their fate will be.

  • Jordan May

    i think it’s disgusting how this is being turned into a political argument and racist comments.. These kids were just harmed in the most sickening and worst ways, and somehow you use this as an opportunity to take political shots and racist remarks? This is what is wrong with this country and our society as a whole. We care more about getting the upper hand and putting people below us instead of the well-being of society.

  • Sancor

    This is such a sad thing that has happened. But most likely this has been a result of some sort of porn addiction on the part of the teen or maybe even possibly the teen being a victim of the same crimes. Some children who have been abused, perpetuate the crime to justify what happened to them. It’s such a sad world that young children are abused in such a way.

  • Maria Amelia

    SW, you write ” It cost more taxpayer money to put someone to death than it does to give them life in prison. Do some research.” – That’s just because the system is screwed up, if that is the case, and it may be, I have an alternative: put a .45 bullet on his head: it costs close to nothing and surely not the fortune it costs paying for the drugs or keeping someone in prison for life! Speedy trial is a constitutional right, and a speedy execution should be too! And as far as I know, there’s no shortage of bullets (not yet.) Problem with capital punishment is that it’s another hypocritical aspect of our society; people want to do it on a “sterile” way, sugar coat it; if capital punishment is justified, and one thinks it is right, there should be no problem executing criminals. If one has any moral issues with it, then one should not do it and should let someone who does not have a problem pulling the trigger be the executioner. Dig a grave, make the perpetrator step in (if enough unquestionable proof is available – it is in this case, he confessed, no phony, fake confession obtained, etc.) and put a bullet to the back of his head, shovel, and be done with it.

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