Edmond man accused of sex acts with Kenyan children heads to federal court

An Edmond man charged with sex acts with Kenyan children is set to appear before a judge on Friday for a preliminary hearing. 19-year-old Matthew Durham accused of engaging in sex acts with children while volunteering in Kenya will be in federal court. Durham is charged with four counts of leaving the country to engage in "illicit sexual conduct." In a federal court filing, agents say Durham volunteered with the Upendo Children's Home in Kenya. The court documents go on to say a care-taker said she noticed odd behavior and found Durham sleeping next to some of the children. When she looked into it, the filing says she claimed some of the children told her he touched them in a sexual manner. Durham's attorney Stephen Jones says the claims are outrageous. Jones says Durham was held for days and never actually spoke with law enforcement or the embassy. "The interviews range from threatening, to buying his lunch, to praying with him, to calling him a devil, and that if he didn't remember doing this, it must be because the devil is in him," remarked Jones. Agents say they aren't releasing everything about the case just yet, and they're still investigating the possibility of other victims. The U.S. Attorney's office says anyone with information should contact police. If convicted, Durham faces up to life in prison.
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