Federal judge orders teen missionary accused of sexual crimes held without bond
By Jay Dillon
A federal judge has ordered an Edmond 19-year-old accused of sexually abusing children while on a mission trip to Kenya to remain in custody.U.S. District Judge David Russell issued his ruling Wednesday, saying Matthew Durham will remain in custody until his trial.Durham is accused of sexually abusing children while volunteering as a missionary in Kenya earlier this month. On Monday, U.S. Magistrate Shon Erwin set Durham's bond at $10,000 dollars and ordered Durham to surrender his passport, not use electronics, and avoid contact with children and witnesses.On Tuesday, the U.S. Attorney filed a motion to stay his release. The stay was granted as Russell considered to reverse the magistrate judge's order to grant him bail. Wednesday, Russell ordered Durham to remain in custody and be held without bond.Durham was indicted Tuesday on three charges: traveling with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct, engaging in sexual conduct, and aggravated sexual abuse. According to the indictment, the crimes happened between April 30 and June 17.In Russell's decision, he says Durham claims to be controlled by an "inner voice he refers to as Luke". Russell also said he had made threatening remarks to the founder of the children's home in Kenya where the crimes allegedly occurred.The ruling also says Durham did not deny engaging in the actions but "denied remembering having done so."Durham is currently being held in the Logan County Jail.
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