US Attorney: Judge grants stay, Matthew Durham still in custody
By Jay Dillon
A 19-year-old Edmond man is still in custody after a judge granted a request from the U.S. Attorney's office, granting a stay in his release.19-year-old Matthew 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.The federal government filed a motion to stop his scheduled release. Around 2:30 p.m., it was announced that District Judge David Russell had granted the stay.Russell will now evaluate previous court hearings and will decide on Durham's custody in the future.A timetable for that decision has not been set.Later in the day, a grand jury indicted Durham on three charges. According to the indictment, the crimes happened between April 30 and June 17 when he traveled from Will Rogers World Airport to Nairobi, Kenya for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct.He was indicted for one count of traveling with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct, engaging in sexual conduct, and aggravated sexual abuse.Durham is accused of sexually abusing up to 10 boys and girls during a mission trip in Kenya.Officials are also looking to extradite the young man back to Kenya.
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