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Notorious Kenyan Sex Offender Sentenced to 100 years

A Kenyan court has sentenced a notorious sex offender to 100 years in prison for sexually abusing four minors under his care.

For years, the perpetrator, who is the director of a children’s home, lived as if he were above the law. IJM Kenya staff learned of how he used his power to take advantage of the vulnerability of young orphans, street children, and other children, promising to send them to school and provide them with a better future.

When IJM Kenya staff were particularly saddened and upset upon learning of the horrifying abuse because this perpetrator was known to them.

In fact, IJM was involved in three other cases against the same perpetrator, one in which he was later acquitted. Determined to ensure he was stopped and could not abuse and exploit children ever again, a team of lawyers and aftercare staff organized to meet the children who disclosed details of abuse perpetrated by the very person who should have kept them safe.

IJM lawyers partnered with the prosecution to represent the boys in court. IJM counselors, who described the children as "fearful and traumatised but determined to seek justice," made sure they received psychosocial support. After several counseling sessions, the little boys bravely confronted their abuser and testified in court.

After a lengthy trial, the court ruled that the prosecution had proven its case.

Esther, an IJM Kenya staff member who provided the boys with psychosocial support, and all IJM staff are relieved that the perpetrator, who caused the boys great pain and humiliation, is now behind bars and will not harm them or any other child in the future.

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