Matthew Lane Durham, 21, a former missionary from Oklahoma convicted of sexually abusing children at an orphanage in Kenya was yesterday sentenced to 40 years in a federal prison. He had faced up to 30 years on each of four counts of engaging in illicit sexual conduct in foreign places. .
He was also ordered to pay restitution of $15,863. Durham showed no emotion when the sentence was issued. He had asked the court for mercy, saying: “All I wanted was to follow God’s plan for me.” Durham targeted orphans while volunteering at the Upendo Children’s Home in Nairobi between April and June 2014. .
He had served as a volunteer since 2012 at the orphanage, which specializes in caring for neglected children. He raped or sexually molested by force or threat, 4 children ranging in ages from 5 years to 14 years — some multiple times — in a span of just 33 days. He was 19 when he was charged in 2014.