Attorney for Oklahoma missionary convicted of sexually abusing Kenyan orphans files notice to appeal

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The attorney for an Oklahoma missionary found guilty of molesting African orphans has filed for a notice of appeal.

Earlier this month, a judge sentenced Matthew Durham to serve 40 years in federal prison for sexually abusing children at an orphanage in Kenya.

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.

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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.

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