In 1996, Gregory Dow became a convicted sex offender. More than a decade later, in 2008, under the guise of being a Christian missionary, he built an orphanage in Kenya… where he proceeded to molest even more children. Then he returned to the U.S. to escape prosecution overseas.
In 2018, he told a local newspaper he was totally innocent of all charges and that his victims, who were as young as 11 at the time, had just lied to authorities because they were young and “rebellious.”
He was finally arrested last year on four counts of “violating a U.S. law against sexual contact with minors in foreign countries.”
Dow “purported to be a Christian missionary who would care for these orphans. They called him ‘Dad.’ But instead of being a father figure for them, he preyed on their youth and vulnerability,” prosecutors said in the court filing.
Dow “used force and coercion to perpetrate the most heinous of crimes, preying on vulnerable children for his own sexual gratification,” prosecutors wrote.
There are also allegations of physical abuse “inflicted under the guise of strict discipline.”
You have to wonder how many people chose to look the other way because Dow was supposedly a Christian who just wanted to help.
Yesterday, there was an important update in this case: Dow pleaded guilty to all four counts. While he could have faced up to 30 years in jail if he continued to fight this in court, his plea cuts it down to just over 15 years.
Under terms of the plea agreement between the prosecution and defense, Dow would serve 15 years and eight months in prison and must register under the federal Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.
[U.S. District Judge Edward] Smith would determine how long Dow will be under supervision after his release and fines. If Smith doesn’t agree to prison term, Dow could withdraw his plea. Sentencing is scheduled for September 29.
Dow is 61. There’s a chance he may never be free again. That’s good news for anyone hoping for justice in this case.
That orphanage shut down in 2017.
(Thanks to @cknightgriffin for the link. Large portions of this article were published earlier)