Former missionary, Matthew Lane Durham of Edmond, Oklahoma, has been sentenced to 40 years for sexually abusing the children at an orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya in 2014.
Durham molested eight children of Upendo Children’s Home in Nairobi, Kenya. Initially, Durham denied charges to the staff of the Upendo Home, but later he confessed to the founder of the Home and to the church members that he abused and raped the children while he worked as a volunteer at the orphanage. The Upendo Home cares for neglected and disabled children.
Durham was convicted by a twelve-member jury last June for seven counts of engaging in sexually conduct with the children in the foreign land. He raped and molested four to five children, both male and female, multiple times within a period of 33 days. These children were between 5 and 14 years old.
The Prosecutors produced a handwritten and signed copy of Durham’s confession. The children had reported the misbehaviour of the accused to the care-taker at the Orphanage.
The Orphanage officials and the children travelled from Kenya for the trial and the Prosecutor recorded the testimonies in a private courtroom. The Prosecutors requested a sentence of 120 years, the maximum punishment, and also requested that he be under supervision the rest of his life. They asked that Durham not be released from prison for any reason. Previously, Durham had pleaded not guilty to 17 charges and also during the hearing he stated that “Judgement from the God is the final Judgement”. Durham was ordered by the court to also pay a sum of $15,863 to $ 17,000 as compensation.