Former Odessa missionary pleads guilty to sexual acts, co-founder of missionary reacts

Former Odessa missionary pleads guilty to sexual acts, co-founder of missionary reacts

MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - A former Odessa missionary plead guilty Wednesday to one count of engaging in illicit sexual conduct in a foreign place.

Charles Trombley, the co-founder for the Victory Christian Children's Home said, "It was shocking because it's something Christians don't do."

As part of the plea agreement, Gerald Campbell, 66, of Odessa, admitted to engaging in sexual acts with orphans living at the Victory Christian Children's Home in Malawi between 1997-2009.

According to the release, Campbell admitted to using his position as orphanage manager to lure the orphans into his house in Malawi to sexually abuse them.

"He will have to pay the consequences for what he did but that he can find mercy and peace with God and some kind of hope. Not a day goes by that we have not continued to pray for him," said Trombley.

Authorities also said Campbell admitted he knew what he did was wrong and nobody would believe the minors if they reported the abuse.

He also sent money to the minors to keep them from reporting the abuse.

Hundreds of kids have gone through the orphanage achieving some sort of success and the orphanage will continue to move forward and do missionary work in Malawi.

"We're just going to go on. Forgetting the things which are behind we press forward," said Trombley.

Sentencing for Campbell hasn't been scheduled.

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