Oklahoma missionary accused of raping young children granted bond

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OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma teenager accused of raping orphaned children was granted bond in federal court today.

Matthew Durham sat emotionless through the detention hearing today where the judge was to make a decision on whether or not bond would be set in connection with the charges.

Last month, 19-year-old Durham was arrested after authorities in Kenya claimed he molested and raped orphans during a mission trip.

According to court records, officials claim Durham raped boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 9-years-old during a mission trip to a Kenyan orphanage.

Durham’s father spoke on the witness stand Monday about his 19-year-old son and denied allegations his son had past issues touching children.

The prosecution brought up issues about Durham watching pornography as a 10-year-old. They also say he sent text messages stating he struggled with being a child predator.

Now the prosecution says that tests have been run on the girls in Kenya the teen is accused of raping, confirming that something did happen to some of them.  Officials are looking to extradite the teen back to Kenya.

The judge granted him an unsecured bond of 10,000 dollars.

The bond came with conditions including:

  • no contact with any minors
  • no contact with anyone involved in the case except for his attorney
  • no use of any electronic devices
  • house arrest

Durham will be monitored by an electronic bracelet. His father has agreed to stay with his son and has started a leave of absence with his employer.

The government ordered a stay of judgement until they can get an appeal on the ruling filed.

If they are not successful in the appeal, Durham will be released from federal custody Tuesday at 4 p.m.

He is facing four charges involving illicit sex acts.

If he is convicted of the charges, Durham faces a possible life in prison sentence.

MORE: Read more on Durham’s case here



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