Prosecutor: Oklahoma man detailed assaults on Kenya children

Prosecutor: Oklahoma man detailed assaults on Kenya children
In this Monday, Aug. 4, 2014 file photo, Melissa Durham, left, and Kyle Durham, right, leave the Federal Courthouse in Oklahoma City, following a detention hearing for their son, Matthew Lane Durham.
In this Monday, Aug. 4, 2014 file photo, Melissa Durham, left, and Kyle Durham, right, leave the Federal Courthouse in Oklahoma City, following a detention hearing for their son, Matthew Lane Durham.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A federal prosecutor says a 20-year-old Oklahoma man provided detailed handwritten notes about sexually assaulting children at a Kenya orphanage.

Matthew Lane Durham has pleaded not guilty to 17 charges, including aggravated sexual abuse and engaging in illicit sexual conduct in foreign places.

In opening statements at Durham's trial Wednesday in Oklahoma City, deputy prosecutor Don Gifford read from notes that Durham allegedly wrote detailing how he held down victims in a bathroom at the Upendo Children's Home in Nairobi. Durham volunteered at the orphanage.

Defense lawyer Stephen Jones told jurors that no one saw Durham abuse the children, and that any purported admission was made under duress because officials had taken Durham's passport and held him in isolation. Jones says Durham feared for his life after being detained.

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