Local youth activist, Maxwell Matewere has condemned the conduct of USA Texas missionary Gerald Campbell, 66, who admitted molesting eight children at Malawian orphanage.
Campbell now under trial, pleaded guilty on Wednesday in a Texas magistrate’s court to one count of engaging in illicit sexual conduct in a foreign place.
He once served as a general manager for Thyolo-based Victory Christian Children’s Home where he sexually abused eight boys between 1997 and 2009.
Eye of the Child Executive Director Maxwell Matewere described Campbell’s conduct as unfortunate and called on government to take interest in the case to ensure justice is rightly served.
According to Sky News, Campbell used his position as general manager of the home to lure his victims into his accommodation and assault them.
All the victims were orphans living at the Victory Christian Children’s Home. One boy was suffering from HIV.
Campbell admitted he knew what he was doing was wrong, but he thought nobody would believe the victims if they reported the abuse.
He also acknowledged to the authorities he sent money to some of the minors in an attempt to buy their silence.
Campbell was a member of Grace Fellowship Church in Odessa, which had ties with the children’s home. US Homeland Security agents began investigating him in June 2014 after receiving a tip-off.
One boy told investigators he went to the orphanage in 1999 after losing both of his parents. He said Campbell abused him, sometimes on a nightly basis, over eight months.