Several occupied homes were burglarized Friday, according to the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff Ken Golden said the parsonage at the Nazarene Church on Cale Switch Road was among those burglarized.
The residents at that home were in the process of moving out, but were still living there, according to Golden, who said a couple of other occupied homes in the area were burglarized that night.
The occupants discovered the burglaries the following morning when they noticed items missing.
“Nobody saw any intruders,” Golden said.
The sheriff’s office is investigating the burglary of the parsonage and the Durant Police Department is handling the other burglaries because those were in the Durant city limits.
Deputies are investigating numerous burglaries and thefts that have occurred in the county this month.
In state crime news, an Oklahoma man has been charged with sexually abusing boys and girls while volunteering at an organization in Kenya that assists neglected children, Sean Murphy of the Associated Press reported.
Matthew Lane Durham, of Edmond, is accused of engaging in sex acts with as many as ten children aged from 4 to 10 years while volunteering at Upendo Children’s Home in Nairobi from April to June 2014.
The complaint filed in the U.S. District Court of Western Oklahoma last week says the 19-year-old Durham has volunteered with Upendo since June 2012.
Durham wrote and signed a confession that an Upendo official provided to the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, according to an affidavit filed by FBI agent Scott Lobb.
In it, he admitted to sexually abusing boys and girls in a bathroom at the children’s home. At least one of the victims is HIV positive, according to the affidavit.
During previous visits, Durham lived with sponsor families in Nairobi, but for his most recent trip he requested to stay at the children’s home in an “overflow bunk,” Lobb wrote.
A live-in caretaker at the children’s home became suspicious of Durham’s behavior and inquired with the children, who told her about the abuse, the affidavit states. The caretaker then reported the allegations to Upendo officials, who obtained a confession from Durham, confiscated his passport and notified local police, Lobb wrote.
Telephone and email messages left with Durham’s attorney Stephen Jones on Tuesday were not immediately returned. Jones told The Oklahoman newspaper that the complaint is “shot through with inaccuracies” and that his client is the victim.
Durham returned to the U.S. last month. He was arrested Thursday in Edmond and is currently being held at the Logan County jail, according to the U.S. Marshal’s Office. A preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 1.
Upendo’s founders have not responded to a phone call and email seeking comment.
Durham faces four counts: traveling to engage in illicit sexual conduct; engaging in illicit sexual conduct in foreign places; attempt and conspiracy; and aggravated sexual abuse with children. If convicted, he faces up to life in prison.