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Oklahoma teen accused of raping Kenyan children to remain in custody

Published on Aug 6, 2014 8:22 AM

OKLAHOMA CITY (REUTERS) - An Oklahoma teen accused of raping and molesting orphans during a mission trip to Kenya was ordered on Tuesday to remain in custody when a judge suspended an earlier decision to release him on bond.

On Monday, an Oklahoma judge ruled that 19-year-old Matthew Durham of Edmond could be released on a US$10,000 (S$12,485) bond on the basis of his father's agreement to act as custodian, the surrender of his passport and a 24-hour home lockdown.

The teen was still in custody when US prosecutors appealed and US District Judge David Russell on Tuesday ordered the teen to stay in custody while the federal court considers the appeal.

Durham has been accused of raping up to 10 boys and girls aged 6 to 9 at the Upendo Children's Home in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi. The home helps care for neglected and disabled children.

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