A 21-year-old Oklahoma missionary was sentenced to 40 years in prison after being found guilty of sexually assaulting orphaned children in Kenya. Really!!!
According to ViralMugshots.com, Matthew Lane Durham was found guilty on four counts of “engaging in illicit sexual conduct in foreign places” in June 2015. While on a missionary trip in Kenya in 2014, Matthew had assaulted at least four children on multiple occasions.
“In a span of just 33 days,” prosecutors stated, according to CNN, Durham “raped three girls–ages 5, 9 and 15 — at least eight times. During that same time period, he sexually molested a 12-year-old boy twice.” They added that Matthew “not only forcefully sexually abused these children,” but “he psychologically damaged them by taking advantage of their trust he received from the children.” His actions could greatly impact the trust of other volunteers in the future as well, according to the prosecution.
A federal judge sentenced Matthew to 40 years in prison, and ruled that he has to shell out $15,863 in restitution to the victims.
Matthew denied these terrible acts in court, though he had apparently confessed on video previously. He testified that he struggled with his sexuality, but believed that was really possessed by a demon named Luke at the time of the assaults. “All I wanted was to follow God’s plan for me,” Matthew said in the courtroom. “In the end, it is the judgment of God that is central, not the judgment of man. I do not fear God’s judgment of me.”
Wow. Can you believe this guy?