An American man who sexually abused four girls for years at his orphanage in Kenya will spend nearly 16 years in federal prison and the rest of his life on supervision.
U.S. District Judge Edward Smith said Gregory Hayes Dow’s crimes were “as evil, as depraved, as any case that’s come before me” at Dow’s sentencing on Thursday.
“You went to Africa as a missionary. It seems you were a missionary from hell,” Smith said before imposing the sentence. He also ordered Dow, 61, to pay $16,000 in restitution to cover the victims’ mental health treatment.
Smith told Dow he was supposed to be a ‘ father figure and beacon of hope for poor children, but instead was evil disguised as hope. … And the idea that it was done in the name of religion is unfathomable.’
Back in June, Dow pleaded guilty to four counts of engaging in illicit sexual conduct in a foreign place. He acknowledged assaulting the girls multiple times between 2013 and 2017 while running Dow Family Children’s Home in Boito, Kenya.
When the abuse started, two girls were 11, one was 12 and one was 13. Dow groomed children by giving them valuables, such as cellphones, according to prosecutors.