Well, here’s a new one. A nineteen-year-old Oklahoma man accused of sexually abusing children while volunteering in Barack Obama’s home country of Kenya blames his crimes on “pseudo-tribal psychological voodoo.”
Matthew Durham of Edmond was charged Friday in federal court with four counts of traveling to engage in illicit sexual conduct. He is accused of abusing up to ten children, both males and females, between ages four and nine. At least one of Durham’s victims is HIV positive.
Durham has volunteered four times at the children’s home in Nairobi, which provides housing clothing, education, and Jesus to neglected kids. On his fourth trip, from April 30 to June 17, he asked to stay overnight at the children’s home. A caretaker became concerned when she found Durham lying in bed beside the children late at night and holding them in lingering embraces, according to authorities.
When asked, the children said that Durham touched them in a sexual manner or told them to touch themselves as he watched. At first, Durham denied the allegations but then admitted to “struggling with homosexuality” and a love of illicit photographs of children.
The founder initially videotaped Durham’s confession but then asked him to write them down after hearing of his acts became unbearable to her. “Any time I try to read the Bible or pray, this image comes to my head,” investigators said Durham told her as he described a sex act with one victim. She kept Durham’s passport and removed him to a temporary house away from the children until authorities could be notified, according to court documents.
Durham’s attorney claims that the “The affidavit is shot through with inaccuracies,” however. “The events that occurred in Kenya the last maybe five six days that Matt was there frankly reveal some sort of pseudo-tribal psychological voodoo practiced on him, including confiscating his passport, false imprisonment, keeping food from him one day, delay in allowing him to depart from the country, misleading his parents,” said attorney Steven Jones. “I don’t think Hollywood could make up what happened at this so-called orphanage.” He added, “We’re finding out a lot about these people. This place is right on the outskirts of Nairobi. It’s like some cult over there.”
Durham is being held without bail, and faces life in prison if convicted.
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