Edmond Man Accused Of Child Sex Crimes In Kenya Federally Indicted

Tuesday, August 5th 2014, 7:38 pm

By: News 9

A federal grand jury returned an indictment charging an Edmond man for traveling to Kenya to engage in sexual conduct with children.

According to the indictment, 19-year old Matthew Durham was a volunteer at the Upendo Children’s Home, located in Nairobi, Kenya.

Upendo specializes in assisting neglected Kenyan children by providing them with food, housing, clothes, school and religion.

The indictment alleges three counts: Count 1 that Durham traveled to Kenya for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct with children; Count 2 that Durham engaged in illicit sexual conduct with several minors; and Count 3 alleges aggravated sexual abuse when he crossed a state line with intent to engage in a sexual act with a child under 12 years of age.

 8/5/2014 Related Story: Judge Stays Release For Edmond Man Charged With Child Abuse

The conduct in all three counts is alleged to have occurred between April 30, 2014, and June 17, 2014.

If convicted, Durham faces up to life in prison. Durham remains behind bars after a judge stayed an order for his release into house arrest.


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