Oklahoma Teen Confesses To Raping HIV-Positive Orphans On Missionary Trip To Kenya

An Oklahoma teenager has confessed to raping and molesting HIV-positive orphans while volunteering on a humanitarian mission trip to Kenya.

According to court records, 19-year-old Matthew Durham confessed to raping several young girls, and forcing some boys to perform oral sex on him while making other kids watch.


Durham was a volunteer with the Upendo Children’s Home, run by a Christian Charity, in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital. He volunteered at the orphanage four times over the last two years, and on his last trip between April 30 and June 17, 2014, feds say he requested to stay at the orphanage with the children in a “overflow bunk” instead of offsite accommodations.


“The victims are believed to be both boys and girls between the ages of four and nine, at least one of whom is HIV positive.”



Prosecutors say while the alleged sex crimes were committed overseas, Durham can be held accountable for the crimes in Oklahoma.

Durham is being held without bond.

Heavy.com adds:

Speaking to The Oklahoman, Durham’s lawyer, Stephen Jones said his client was the victim of “some sort of pseudo-tribal psychological voodoo practiced on him.” The attorney went into to detail, saying that Durham was subject to “false imprisonment” and was delayed from leaving the country. He added “I don’t think Hollywood could make up what happened at this so-called orphanage.” Jones said that he is investigated the area around where Durham was staying, saying “It’s like some cult over there.”

Durham was arrested at his family’s home in Oklahoma and was held without bond after facing a judge on July 18. Durham faces another preliminary hearing on August 1. If convicted, he faces life in prison. He could also face charges in Kenya.

You can read the full criminal complaint here:

Durham Complaint by sarah_larimer