Pennsylvania Missionary Indicted for Alleged Sexual Abuse of Children at Kenyan Orphanage

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Friday, July 26, 2019
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
35
Issue: 
7
Abstract: 

On July 12, 2019, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, William M. McSwain, announced that Gregory Dow, 60, of Lancaster, PA was arrested and charged by Indictment with four counts of engaging in illicit sexual conduct in a foreign place. The Indictment alleges that from on or about October 14, 2013, until on or about September 13, 2017, Dow engaged in, and attempted to engage in, illicit sexual conduct with four different minor victims in Kenya. The defendant allegedly traveled from Lancaster County to Kenya in 2008 and started what came to be known as the Dow Family Children’s Home.  He carried out the activities with the financial support of his church and other organizations.  Dow purported to be a Christian missionary who would care for these orphans, who called him “Dad.”   Instead of being a father figure to them, he allegedly preyed on their youth and vulnerability.  In September 2017, the orphanage closed.  The indictment accuses the defendant of sexually abusing at least four minor girls who lived there during that time.