U.S. Teen Accused of Defiling Kenya Kids

US citizen has been charged in an American court for travelling to Kenya to engage in illicit sex with children last month.

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigations, a criminal case was instituted last Friday against Matthew Lane Durham, 19, from Edmond, Oklahoma. US attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma told the court that Durham travelled to Kenya to engage in illicit sexual with boys and girls.
Records indicate that a report was filed at the Juja police station by the home's founder on June 17 and police asked for medical records. It is not clear if any action has been taken by Kenyan authorities.

According to US court records, Durham was a volunteer at the Upendo Children's Home, Nairobi, that was founded by an American citizen, who is a resident of Edmond, Oklahoma.

Durham volunteered with Upendo in June 2012, June 2013, December 2013, and from April 30 to June 17 this year. Upendo specialises in assisting neglected Kenyan children by providing them with food, housing, clothes, school and religious education.

The school is funded through sponsorships and donations. It is alleged that on the latest trip to Kenya, Durham stayed at the children's home in an "overflow bunk" rather than at an offsite facility with a sponsor family where he stayed on prior visits.

The complaint alleges that between April and June this year, Durham engaged in sexual acts with four to 10 boys and girls aged between four and nine. At least one of the children is HIV positive, records show.

Durham was arrested on July 17, and appeared in a US court in Oklahoma City last Friday. He is held without bond and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for August 1.

If convicted, Durham faces up to life in prison. The case is the result of an investigation by the FBI, the US Embassy in Kenya, and the US Department of State Diplomatic Security Criminal Investigative Office.

Durham's lawyer, Steven Jones, said, "The affidavit is shot through with inaccuracies." "The events that occurred in Kenya the last maybe five, six days that Matt was there frankly reveal some sort of pseudo-tribal psychological voodoo practiced on him, including confiscating his passport, false imprisonment, keeping food from him one day, delay in allowing him to depart from the country, misleading his parents. I don't think Hollywood could make up what happened at this so-called orphanage," he said.

(Kenya Star)
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