New charges filed against former Victory Christian Center employee


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Updated: 9/25/2012 10:06 am Published: 9/24/2012 3:58 pm


The Tulsa County District Attorney filed new charges against a former Victory Christian Center employee already accused of rape.

Chris Denman is now charged with lewd proposition to a child and a second count of using a computer to facilitate a sex crime, in addition to four felony counts filed earlier this month: first degree rape of a victim under 14-years old, forcible oral sodomy of a victim under 14-years old .

Sources close to the investigation say police recently discovered Denman is accused of propositioning a twelve-year-old girl over Facebook. Police say Denman worked at VCC and all four victims attended Victory Christian Center's Camp Victory summer camp this summer.

Denman is accused of raping a 13-year old at the church in August. Police say they were not notified about the alleged rape until two weeks after it happened.

Five church staff members, Frank Sullivan, Anna George, Paul Wilemstein, John and Charica Daugherty, are charged with misdemeanor counts of failure to report child abuse. The staff members have been suspended for not following the policy to report child abuse.

FOX23 has repeatedly reached out to VCC's lead pastor, Sharon Daugherty, asking to speaking with her about these allegations and to have her explain what she knew about the reported sex abuse and when.

So far, FOX23 has been told Daugherty is not talking, but she did say this during services on the 22nd and 23rd at VCC, "Questions have been raised about my knowledge of the incident. I was briefly told of an incident involving two facilities employees and members of 24/7 on Friday, Aug. 24 and was told it was being reported but did not receive any details on the specific allegations. I have since learned that human resources started its efforts to report the incident that same day but did not successfully report the incident until Aug. 30. I was extremely disappointed to later hear of the delay in the time it was first reported."

Another former VCC employee, Israel Castillo, is charged with propositioning a 15-year old at the church and online. Police say it is a troubling pattern that the two men charged in this case both had access to the children and used social networks to communicate with them and proposition them.

Church officials say both men passed background checks.

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THE SEER - 11/12/2012 3:07 PM
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I had just recently returned to Tulsa on February 2010 from Tyler, Texas. I was homeless and sleeping on the stairway at St. John's Hospital on 21st & Utica. It was 4:30am when suddenly a personage stood before me. It was Billy Joe Daugherty. He stood before me dressed in a white robe that was stained. His right eye was popped out and hanging out of it's socket. I was shocked and in awe. As he stood before me he said; " David, please forgive me for hurting you. We all have sin in us, we all have done wickedness. It is by the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ that we are saved. We are saved by grace through faith and not of yourself it is a gift of God." Billy Joe said; "Take your eyes off me and put them on JESUS".Then he vanished. I was assured by this visitation that faith in God's grace is what saves us all.

Joe comment - 10/13/2012 7:50 AM
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Victory is run by lying charlatans. Bully Joe was, and Sharon remains a false prophet, manipulating the Word of God for personal gain. Anyone who follows their teachings is a fool. Wake up people, rebuke these cult leaders, and return to the truth.

iamsecond - 9/25/2012 11:49 PM
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parents >>> CHECK ON YOUR KIDS ON FACEBOOK!!!!!!!!

aleman - 9/25/2012 5:31 PM
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Looks as if some people were hoping the problem would go away on its' own and t-town you're right the longer they waited the worse it got,believe it boils down to money...who would want to go to a church overran with rapists and child molesters...someone high up tried to hush it up and the media got ahold of it and it fell in their laps.

t town253 - 9/25/2012 9:39 AM
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So sad. Not only was the victim not getting the help she needed when she needed it....it left potential for other girls to be vicitimized, which they were! I dont think it was intentional it was not reported.....but it does seem like no one wanted to "get involved" and left it to other people to "deal" with these issues. But look what happens when we sit back and do nothing!!!! We as a community and a people have got to do better!!

ghostbuster - 9/25/2012 7:18 AM
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Demons in our churches

DougSmith - 9/24/2012 9:06 PM
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SHAME on the people who knew of this and did NOTHING! it should be a felony to fail to report knowledge of this type of crime!

aleman - 9/24/2012 4:48 PM
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Predatory maggot,don't think these little children are throwing themselves at him.Why did the police arrest these five if there wasn't a reason,why did the church suspend these same five if they felt there was no issue?Why did they cover it up?Police said it was two weeks before it was reported.Whats that word?...accessory...accomplice...
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