Judge issues home release for Edmond missionary accused of sexual abuse

Matthew Durham.

(AP) -- A federal judge says a 19-year-old man charged with sexually abusing boys and girls while volunteering at an organization in Kenya that assists neglected children can be confined at his family's home while the case is pending.U.S. Magistrate Shon Erwin handed down the ruling Monday for Matthew Lane Durham of Edmond. Durham faces up to life in prison if convicted of engaging in illegal sexual conduct in foreign places and other charges.Erwin rejected requests from prosecutors that Durham be detained and allegations that Durham is a danger to the community and could flee if released. Erwin stayed his ruling until Tuesday afternoon so prosecutors can appeal the ruling.Durham is accused of engaging in sex acts with up to 10 children between April and June.Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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