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Delay sought in Oklahoma man’s sex abuse trial

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: August 29, 2014

Attorneys representing an Oklahoma man accused of sexually abusing children in Kenya are asking a federal judge to delay his upcoming trial, now set for next month.

Attorneys for 19-year-old Matthew Durham filed the request for a delay Thursday for Durham’s trial on sex abuse charges. That trial is now set for Sept. 9, but defense attorneys are asking a judge to delay the trial until next March.

Prosecutors accuse Durham of sexually abusing children at the Upendo Children’s Home in Kenya, where he’d worked as a volunteer. Durham has denied the allegations.

In the motion for a delay, Durham’s attorneys noted that more time is needed for attorneys to travel to Kenya to interview witnesses and prepare for trial.

The motion says prosecutors are not opposing the delay. has disabled the comments for this article.