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US missionary jailed for 15 years over sex abuse at Kenya orphanage

By Agencies and Mireri Junior | Feb 6th 2021 | 2 min read

Gregory Dow, his wife and the children at the orphanage. [Courtesy]

A Christian missionary from Pennsylvania expressed remorse as he was sentenced to more than 15 years in federal prison Thursday for sexually assaulting girls at a Kenyan orphanage he led.

Gregory Dow, 61, of Lancaster, and his family started the Dow Family Children’s Home near Boito, Kenya, in 2008 and operated it for about a decade.

Some of his funding came from US churches and faith-based groups. Federal prosecutors say he returned home in 2017 when Kenyan authorities began investigating sexual abuse allegations.

The FBI said he abused four girls, including two who were 11 when the abuse began. Prosecutors said his wife even took his victims to a medical clinic for birth control implants, “which allowed Dow to commit his crimes without fear of impregnating his victims.”

Dow pleaded guilty to the four-count indictment last year.

“Under the guise of faith-based charity work benefiting orphaned children, Gregory Dow travelled halfway around the world to prey on incredibly vulnerable victims,” said Acting US Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams. “His crimes are nearly incomprehensible in their depravity.”

The federal public defenders said Dow expressed remorse in court and apologized for his crimes.

“Despite his lengthy sentence, he remains forward-thinking and focused on his personal growth and atonement,” said Assistant Federal Defender Katrina Young.

Dow, was arrested in July 2019 for allegedly sexually molesting girls at an orphanage in Bomet County

He reportedly committed the heinous acts at the orphanage he had founded some years back.

Police interrogated several persons at the Dow Family Children's Home in Kapsiratet village before the arrest.

Dow is said to have started the facility with the help of the church before he reportedly resorted to molesting girls during his stay in the country.

US lawyer William McSwain, said Dow will be arraigned in court for engaging in indecent acts while in a foreign land.

The lawyer stated that illicit sexual offences often attract hefty penalties from the court and Dow could be in trouble if found guilty.


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