Lancaster County man accused of sexually abusing girls at his Kenyan orphanage


LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – A Lancaster County man who started an orphanage in Kenya is accused of sexually abusing at least four girls who lived in the home.

Gregory Dow, 60, is charged with four counts of engaging in illicit sexual conduct in a foreign place, authorities announced Friday.

William McSwain, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern Pennsylvania District, said Dow traveled from Lancaster County to Kenya in 2008 and started the Dow Family Children’s Home with the financial support of his church and other organizations.

Dow was arrested on Friday by police in East Hempfield Township.

“It is one of the most heinous crimes, going out and actually sexually abusing young children,” FBI Special Agent Joe Bushner said.

Dow’s orphanage shut down in 2017.

During a news conference at the Lancaster County Courthouse on Friday, authorities said when Kenyan police went to arrest Dow, he fled to the United States.

“You have an alleged child predator in your midst,” McSwain said. “It’s certainly possible that could be a danger to Lancaster residents.

McSwain said it’s likely that there are more victims. He would not rule out that some victims could be living in Lancaster County.

“If we find out about more victims, if we find out about different charges or we could charge for behavior that occurred here in Lancaster, we absolutely will pursue it.,” McSwain said. “This could be the first step of something greater.”

Authorities said churches that gave money to Dow were likely unaware of the reported abuse.

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