Everyday thousands of children are being sexually abused. You can stop the abuse of at least one child by simply praying. You can possibly stop the abuse of thousands of children by forwarding the link in First Time Visitor? by email, Twitter or Facebook to every Christian you know. Save a child or lots of children!!!! Do Something, please!

3:15 PM prayer in brief:
Pray for God to stop 1 child from being molested today.
Pray for God to stop 1 child molestation happening now.
Pray for God to rescue 1 child from sexual slavery.
Pray for God to save 1 girl from genital circumcision.
Pray for God to stop 1 girl from becoming a child-bride.
If you have the faith pray for 100 children rather than one.
Give Thanks. There is more to this prayer here

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Saturday, 24 January 2015

Matthew Durham's Attorney: New Child Sex Abuse Counts Are Ridiculous

The second consecutive story out of Oklahoma City. Weird how the bunch together like that.

OKLAHOMA CITY - A federal grand jury decided there's enough evidence to go to trial in the case of an Edmond man accused of sexually abusing children while on a mission trip to Kenya.

A grand jury charged 19-year-old Matthew Durham with 21 additional counts. A federal grand jury decided there is enough evidence to go to trial in the case of an Edmond man accused of sexually abusing children while on a mission trip to Kenya. A grand jury charged 19-year-old Matthew Durham with 21 additional counts. Each of the 24 total counts carried no less than 30 years to life in prison plus fines.


Count one was filed against Durham for engaging in a sexual act with a 5-year-old girl. Count two was for a sexual act with a 6-year-old girl. Count three was for a sexual act with a 10-year-old boy. The next 21 new counts read just the same and Durham's attorney said he believes the counts are ridiculous.

“Where they come from is a deliberate effort by the government to put us in a situation where we're close to trial, drop 21 new counts on us and at the same time delay discovery,” Stephen Jones said.

Friday Durham entered a not guilty plea. He will be in the Logan County Jail until his trial, but from now until that trial isn't enough time, according to his defense.

“They dumped on us in January 554 hours of telephone conversations between Matt and his parents while he's at the Logan County Jail, and, of course, we have to listen to that,” Jones said. “They, of course, have been listening for six months.”

Prosecution better be careful here. There is an appearance of not wanting to give this kid a fair trial. Defence must have time to review the phone recordings before trial begins.

Counts 1-8 were filed for aggravated sexual abuse with children. Counts 9-16 were for travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct, and 17-24 were for engaging in illicit sexual conduct in foreign places.

Matthew Durham in Kenya
“Every parent in Oklahoma City whose child is solicited to do missionary work in Africa needs to check very carefully where they're going, because it is a dangerous place to go,” Jones said. “The first three trips were unsensational, and they invited him back.”

Jones said he will ask for a continuance and for the judge to unseal the records.

The trial was set for March 10.