Teen Missionary Confesses To Raping African Orphans


January 21, 2015 7:47am PST

A 19 year-old American missionary has confessed to raping several African orphans of either gender.

While on several missionary trips in Kenya, Matthew Durham allegedly raped several girls and made boys perform oral sex on him while the other kids watched. All of his victims were between 4 and 9 years-old.


“This is a young man in our community that made choices to exploit children in an orphanage,” said United States Attorney Sanford Coats. “It’s a true tragedy all the way around.”

Durham had volunteered to go to Kenya for missionary trips multiple times over the last 2 years. The criminal complaint alleges that on his last visit, “Durham requested to stay at the children’s home in an ‘overflow bunk’ rather than at an offsite facility.” It was during this final visit that children said Durham, “often touched them in a sexual manner or told them to touch themselves while he watched.”


Durham confessed right away when he was confronted with the accusations.

“A caretaker at the orphanage noticed something wasn’t right and confronted Mr. Durham. He admitted to some of the acts,” said Coats, according to Atlanta Daily World.

At least one of Durham’s victims was HIV positive, so he may pay the ultimate price for his crimes. He is currently being held without bail.


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