An Edmond teenager faces a possible life in prison sentence after authorities say they learned about shocking crimes he allegedly committed on an African mission trip.
The suspect was volunteering at a Kenyan children’s home when he allegedly raped and molested a number of young children.
According to court records, 19-year-old Matthew Durham confessed to raping several young girls, forcing some boys to perform oral sex on him and even making other kids watch.
“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.”
The 19-year-old suspect traveled overseas with a group called Upendo.
Upendo is an organization that assists neglected Kenyan kids by providing food, housing, clothes and religion.
While Durham volunteered to travel overseas several times over the last two years, on his last visit, the criminal complaint alleges, “Durham requested to stay at the children’s home in an ‘overflow bunk’ rather than at an offsite facility.”
During that visit, several alleged victims claimed Durham “often touched them in a sexual manner or told them to touch themselves while he watched.”
Once confronted, Durham allegedly came clean.
“A caretaker at the orphanage noticed something wasn’t right and confronted Mr. Durham. He admitted to some of the acts,” said Coats.
The affidavit continues, “The victims are believed to be both boys and girls between the ages of four and nine, at least one of whom is HIV positive.”
Prosecutors say while the alleged sex crimes were committed overseas, Durham can be held accountable for the crimes in Oklahoma.
Durham is being held without bond.


  1. Disgusting piece of shit then should have killed him on the spot no damn waste time bout no court kmft

  2. Africa love too much missionary, man. This man wicked fi true, but cho, mi tiad ah di missionary/Africa narrative. A dem same missionary who did fool up di African mind with the same christianity that the colonisers used to justify slavery and colonisation. Centuries down the line and any kwarshie wid bible and white skin can come fool dem/wi.
    Anyting weh nuh luk lik wi, talk like wi and a chuck wi likkle crumbs wi run dung like fly pon ****.
    A dem same one who leff dem pickni wid any old white peoples inna Britain fi “study dem career” and shock when nuff a dem pickni get abused. Sorry fimme rant. But this dirty dog isn’t the only dry eye missionary/white benefactor down there doing this shit.
    When are we going to stop selling out our klds fi johncrow shilling, just because they apparently believe in God? I believe in God, by the way. But that alone doesn’t give me ANY kind of qualification or recommendation and nor should it.
    Sorry Met and Metters for my rant. This story has had mi a way since weh day.

    1. Yu have to remember that the children were living in a children’s home. The parents are probably dead.

  3. Aids is not enough! He may choose to abuse and infect other kids. This guy is sick, they probably should investigate and see if he committed the same crime back at home in the states.

  4. Is dat whole heap a dem a do. Memba afta di earthquake a Haiti whole heap a dem flock deh bout dem a give aid, when dem a molest di pickney dem. Him shoulda tie eena duck ants nest and whipped to an inch of him life. Him ass should ram wid a greased jackfruit suh him can feel violation.
    And nuh meck nobody tink seh dis strange fi smaddy feem age, cause right here a young gyal did a babysit di ppl dem pickney and all gi di ppl pickney dem har bwoyfren sperm fi taste and dose two effers were 19 and 22. Trust nobody wid ur kids known or unknown.

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