Gregory Dow, the white US missionary who sexually abused four underage girls at an orphanage in Bomet County, has been sentenced to more than 15 years in prison.
Dow was also ordered to pay $16,000 (Ksh1.75m) in restitution by a Pennsylvania court, and subjected to a lifetime of supervision upon release.
The 61-year-old ran the Dow Family Children’s Home in Boito with his wife. He had established the home with financial support from churches and faith-based organizations in the U.S.
Dow had abused the minors – aged between 11 and 13 years from years 2013 and 2017. When he was unmasked, he fled Kenya to the U.S in a bid to escape justice.
“But our officers with the help of the U.S Embassy, the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigations) and other multi agency teams were hot on his trail,” says the Directorate of Criminal Investigations.
He was arrested in July, 2019.
Jennifer Arbittier Williams, the acting United States attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, described Dow’s crimes as “nearly incomprehensible in their depravity.”
Last year, Dow pleaded guilty to four counts of abusing the girls. He admitted to the charges as part of a plea agreement. According to the prosecution, Dow sexually abused the girls knowing that his wife, who helped run the orphanage, had taken them to have birth control devices implanted into their arms. “That meant Mr. Dow was able to perpetrate these crimes without fear that the abuse would result in pregnancy,” reports the New York Times.
Michael Driscoll, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Philadelphia Division, said the US authorities were dedicated to investigating the allegations against Dow.
“If he thought no one would care because these were underprivileged Black children he victimized, this investigation and today’s sentence have most emphatically proved him wrong,” Driscoll is quoted as saying.
In what appeared to be a well-planned exit strategy, Dow maintained connections to Pennsylvania even while in Kenya, including keeping a bank account and twice renewing his commercial driver’s license.
According to New York Times, the Kenyan girls were not Dow’s first underage victims. In 1996, he had pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a minor in Iowa, US.