Lancaster Man, Gregory Dow Sentenced to 15+ Years in Prison for Sexually Abusing Orphans in Kenya
PHILADELPHIA (STL.News) Acting United States Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced that Gregory Dow, 61, of Lancaster County, PA, was sentenced to 15 years, eight months in prison, a lifetime of supervised release, and ordered to pay $16,000 in restitution by United States District Judge Edward G. Smith for sexually abusing four minor children in an orphanage which the defendant and his wife operated in the Republic of Kenya.
In 2008, the defendant and his family traveled from Lancaster County, PA to the Republic of Kenya to start an orphanage. The orphanage, which came to be known as the Dow Family Children’s Home, was established near Boito, Kenya, and remained in operation for nearly a decade with financial support from donors in the United States, including churches and other faith-based organizations.
In September 2017, Kenyan authorities learned that Dow had sexually abused children in his care. Dow fled Kenya when the allegations came to light, returning to Lancaster County. Acting on information provided by Kenyan women living in the United States, the FBI investigated the allegations and determined that Dow had sexually abused at least four teenage girls between October 2013 and September 2017.