I’m so upset, angry and just completely disgusted about this story!
Matthew Durham, 19, allegedly confessed to sexually assaulting several children at an orphanage in Kenya, police said. (Credit: KFOR)
An Edmond teenager 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.
“This is a young man in our community that made choices to exploit children in an orphanage,” said United States Attorney Sanford Coats. “It’s a true tragedy all the way around.”
The 19-year-old suspect traveled overseas with a group called Upendo.
Upendo is an organization that 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 alleges, “Durham requested to stay at the children’s home in an ‘overflow bunk’ rather than at an offsite facility.”
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 came clean.
“A caretaker at the orphanage noticed something wasn’t right and confronted Mr. Durham. He admitted to some of the acts,” said Coats.
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 say while the alleged sex crimes were committed overseas, Durham can be held accountable for the crimes in Oklahoma.
Durham is being held without bond.
Judgement is Death!!!!!!!
This is disgusting.
Lynch him. And someone tell me where he is buried so I can piss on his grave and be like “Rest in Piss” or “Rest in Pain”
Yeah, let’s rape fucking orphans because that’s what Jesus would do right?
You people are fucking morons, because this is how a rational society functions, condemning certain people to death based on public opinion and humiliating them, destroying and ridiculing him to point where he is no longer being treated as another human being but rather as a sub-human. Granted this man is vile and putrid but death is not a solution, death is only ignoring the problem with a quick bullshit solution. Killing is almost never acceptable or justified, not even if its citizens or a government commit it. Granted, exceptions exist for every rule but in this case it’s not warranted, death isn’t necessary, rehabilitation is. Now don’t get me wrong, this guy does bear responsibility for his actions but killing him won’t show what he did wrong, he won’t feel remorse, he won’t learn what he did wrong, he won’t rehabilitate but if he never learns, then grant him pity, beware when fighting a monster, ‘less you become one trying to defeat it. Seclude him from the populace, give him a adequate way of living and let him be, treat him as a human being, treat him like he never treated his victims, with compassion. Don’t stoop your behaviour as animalistic, be above that
I agree with you in that death isn’t the solution but I don’t know if you can rehabilitate someone like this. You can try but I don’t think it would do any good but I could be wrong.
If that’s the case then, then separate him from society and never let him back in, give him a adequate way of living and let him live off the rest of his days, being monitored. Being cut off from the rest of the outside world and being forgotten and despised is a fair punishment given what he’s done,
Agreed, I don’t get why Tumblr is generally anti-death penalty but when it comes to rape there is for some reason a weird exception.