Oklahoma man wants Kenyan orphan abuse convictions dismissed

Created: 08/07/2015 1:52 PM

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma man convicted of illicit sexual conduct with children at a Kenyan orphanage has asked a federal judge to throw out a jury's guilty verdicts.

Twenty-year-old Matthew Lane Durham of Edmond was convicted in June of seven counts of engaging in illicit sexual conduct in foreign places. Jurors cleared him of accusations he planned to abuse the children before leaving the United States.

Attorneys for Durham have filed motions in U.S. District Court in Oklahoma City challenging the constitutionality of the statute under which Durham was convicted. The motions also allege evidence against Durham was insufficient to convict him and that the charges should be dismissed.

Prosecutors said Durham targeted orphans while serving as a volunteer at the Upendo Children's Home in Nairobi, Kenya, between April and June 2014.

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