Sick Bastard: 61-year-old American missionary pleads guilty to sexually abusing kids at Kenyan orphanage

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Gregory Dow, an American Christian missionary has pleaded guilty in a US court to sexually abusing young girls at an orphanage in Kenya.

The 61-year-old bastard admitted to four counts of engaging in illicit sexual conduct with a minor at the orphanage he started in Kenya.

In 2008, Dow founded the orphanage in western Kenya and operated it until 2017. It was partly funded by churches in Lancaster county in the US state of Pennsylvania, according to local newspaper LNP.

“The defendant purported to be a Christian missionary who cared for these children and asked them to call him ‘Dad’. But instead of being a father figure, he preyed on their youth and vulnerability,” said the US Department of Justice in a statement.

US Department of Justice. (Law)

Dow fled Kenya in September 2017 when the allegations of assault came to light, the statement adds. The FBI and Kenyan authorities investigated him and he was finally charged in the US. FBI acted on a tip-off and Mr Dow was charged in July 2019.

His poor victims

He is accused of assaulting girls from 2013. Two of the girls were 11, one was 12 and another was 13, adds LNP.

“Gregory Dow hid behind his supposed faith on the other side of the world, hoping no-one in the US would know or care about the children he abused. He was wrong,” said US attorney William McSwain.

Has a history of sexual abuse

Dow is not a first time offender either and prosecutors pointed out that in 1996 he pleaded guilty to assault with intent to commit sexual abuse, for which he received two years’ probation and was ordered to register as a sex offender for a decade.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on 29 September. He is likely to spend up to 16 years in federal prison. Serves him right!

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