Deliberations to resume in Oklahoma child sex abuse trial

Ponca City Now - June 19, 2015 9:42 am

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – A federal jury is scheduled to begin a second day of deliberations in the trial of an Oklahoma man charged with sexually abusing children at a Kenyan orphanage.

Deliberations are to resume Friday in the trial of 20-year-old Matthew Lane Durham. Durham has pleaded not guilty to 17 counts of sexual misconduct with children, including aggravated sexual abuse and engaging in illicit sexual conduct in foreign places. If convicted, he could face life in prison.

Prosecutors allege Durham targeted orphans while serving as a volunteer at the Upendo Children’s Home in Nairobi, Kenya, between April and June 2014. The orphanage cares for neglected children in the east African nation.

Durham’s jury began deliberating on Thursday but disbanded for the night after five hours of work.


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