The US Embassy in Lilongwe has condemned the conduct of missionary, Gerald Campbell who admitted to have sexually abused Malawian orphans.
The embassy has since backed its hope in the prosecution and pending sentencing of Campbell, saying the verdict will stop others from exploiting vulnerable persons.
Campbell aged 66 is a US missionary based in Texas, who allegedly molested eight children at an orphanage called Victory Christian’s Children’s Home in Luchenza in Thyolo.
The US embassy Public Affairs Section says the country condemns any kind of child abuse, and that its justice Departments prosecution of Campbell, demonstrates that the country will hold those responsible to account for their actions.
Campbell admitted that he engaged in sexual acts with eight minors from the orphanage between 1997 and 2009.
US Embassy Public Affairs officer, Edward Monster said the prosecution reflects the close cooperation between the US Embassy and the Malawi Police Service and the US federal investigators over the past two years.
Local youth activist, Maxwell Matewere also condemned the conduct of USA Texas missionary Gerald Campbell, 66.
Campbell now under trial, pleaded guilty 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.
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.