US judge detains Okla. teen on child abuse charge

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma (AP) – A federal judge has ordered an Oklahoma teen accused of sexually abusing children at an orphanage in Kenya to be detained pending his trial.

The order handed down Wednesday by U.S. District Judge David Russell reverses a magistrate’s order that authorized the conditional release of 19-year-old Matthew Lane Durham to his family’s home in Edmond.

Russell handed down his order one day after Durham was named in a three count federal grand jury indictment that accuses him of traveling from Oklahoma City to Kenya to sexually abuse children at the Upendo Children’s Home near Nairobi. Prosecutors allege that Durham engaged in sex acts with as many as 10 children aged 4 to 10 while volunteering at the orphanage.

Durham’s attorney, Stephen Jones, did not immediately return a call seeking comment. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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