OKLAHOMA CITY – The attorney for an Oklahoma missionary found guilty of molesting African orphans has filed for a notice of appeal.
Durham was also ordered to pay $15,863 in restitution.
After serving his prison term, Durham will be required to spend the rest of his life on supervised release, and he must register as a sex offender for life.
The judge called the acts “heinous” and said it was the “worst nightmare” of the victims.
At Durham’s sentencing, his attorney, Stephen Jones, said he would file an appeal because he believes his client is innocent.
“There was a mistake made here, a tragic mistake,” Jones said. “Matthew Durham did not do what he was accused of doing. But, it will take a little bit longer to clear him.”
Jones filed the appeal March 21, 2016.