Texas man jailed 25 years over sex abuse of Malaw­ian or­phans

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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.

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