Texas man jailed 25 years over sex abuse of Malawian orphans
LILONGWE — A US resident has sentenced to 25 years jail after being found guilty of sexually abusing several orphans at a Malawian orphanage, Nyasa Times reports.
Gerald Campbell, a 66-year-old Odessa native, reached a plea agreement in federal court in Texas after admitting to engaging in sexual acts with eight minors while they were under his care at the Victory Christian Children’s Home in Malawi between 1997 and 2009.
According to Campbell, he had lured the children into his home by allowing them use of the hot water and amenities.
One of his victims is believed to have been HIVpositive at the time that the abuse took place.
US prosecutors have revealed that Campbell had full comprehension of his actions and that he believed that no one would take the children seriously if they reported their ordeals.
In addition to his prison term, Campbell will be released under supervision for the rest of his life, while being made to pay $40 000 in restitution for his crimes, UPI reports.
“He will have to pay the consequences for what he did but that he can find mercy and peace with God and some kind of hope. Not a day goes by that we have not continued to pray for him,” Victory Christian Children’s Home co-founder, Charles Trombley, previously said.
Malawian President Peter Mutharika recently expressed his hopes in ending sex crimes against children in the southern African nation through the introduction of tougher legislation against sex offenders.
Speaking during an interview with the BBC, Mutharika claimed that his government would be taking strong action against so-called “hyenas” — sexual predators who are paid to have sex with young girls as part of a “cleansing” practice.
“I have instructed the Minister of Justice to start preparing a draft paper which will form a base of legistaion which will be presented before the cabinet, and then we will have new legislation governing some of these [cultural] practices,” said Mutharika. — AFP.