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Matthew Durham's Father Takes Stand In Sexual Abuse Trial

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Testimony continued Friday, in the trial of an Edmond man accused of sexual assaulting children at an orphanage in Kenya.

Matthew Durham has pleaded not guilty to 17 charges, including aggravated sexual abuse.

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Matthew's father, Kyle Durham, told the jury he received a phone call from the children's home director that told him "Matthew had confessed to everything. We're going to be merciful and not hand him over the Kenyan police. He would not survive."

A month later, Matthew Durham was arrested.

The FBI's investigation stemmed from a call from the US Embassy in Nairobi.

Hours after Matthew Durham's 2014 arrest he made several calls to his father from the Logan County Jail. Parts of the recorded phones calls were played Friday in court.

Durham asked his father to research coerced confessions.

Durham allegedly gave a detailed account of how he held down victims in a bathroom.

Defense attorney Stephen Jones said Durham's statements were made under duress because officials had taken Durham's passport and held him in isolation once the allegations were brought forward.

Another call played in court from a month later in which you can hear the concern in Durham's voice telling his father, "They have my text messages."

Many of those messages from Durham's friends and family were read aloud in court .

Here's one conversation shortly after the accusations were made public:

Matthew: “I don't want to live”

Matthew's father Kyle: “Don't say that”

Matthew: “I hate myself. I deserve to burn in hell.”

Also, a doctor who examined some of the girls from the children's home stated there was no physical evidence linking Durham to the assaults.

If convicted, Durham faces life in prison. Testimony will resume Monday morning at 9 a.m.

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