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Matthew Durham appeals abuse conviction

Posted at 1:41 PM, Mar 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-21 14:41:53-04

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- An Oklahoma man found guilty of sexually abusing children at an orphanage in Kenya has told federal officials he plans to appeal his conviction and 40-year prison sentence.

Attorneys for 21-year-ld Matthew Lane Durham of Edmond filed a notice of appeal on Monday, two weeks after he was sentenced by U.S. District Judge David L. Russell.

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A 12-member jury convicted Durham in June of four counts of engaging in illicit sexual conduct in foreign places but cleared him of accusations that he had planned to abuse the children before leaving the United States.

Prosecutors alleged Durham targeted orphans while volunteering at the Upendo Children's Home in Nairobi between April and June 2014. But Durham's attorneys claim he is innocent and that incriminating statements he made were coerced by orphanage officials.

 

 

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