Victory Christian Center evaluating child abuse policy


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Updated: 9/18/2012 5:26 pm Published: 9/18/2012 3:47 pm


The Victory Christian Center is evaluating the policy on reporting child abuse.

A statement released on Tuesday afternoon commented on charges filed against Israel Castillo on Monday afternoon:

"A former employee of Victory Christian Center, Israel Castillo, was charged yesterday with lewd or indecent proposal to a child and use of a computer to facilitate a sex crime.


In the course of investigating allegations of a rape at the Victory Christian Center campus, our staff discovered that Castillo was inappropriately communicating with a member of the church’s youth group. This employee was fired along with Chris Denman on Aug. 24. Police reports on both incidents were completed on Aug. 30."


Denman is charged with first degree rape of a victim under 14, forcible oral sodomy, lewd molestation and the use of a computer to facilitate a sex crime. The alleged incident happened at day camp at the Victory Christian Center in August.

The statement also says both Denman and Castillo passed a screening process that included personal references and a nationwide background check and no history of criminal activity was found. 

In the statement Victory Christian Center also commented on the recent misdemeanor failure to report charges filed against staff members:

The staff members involved in the internal investigation of Denman and Castillo were charged on Monday with failure to report abuse or neglect of a child under 18. Their response was not in accordance with the church’s written policy on reporting suspected child abuse to the Department of Human Services.


The statement concluded by saying VCC is working with DHS to revise their evaluation process and will also perform a full review of our policies to ensure the safety of 'our children and youth.' 

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PrinceDavid - 10/16/2012 2:22 PM
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Will Victory Christian Center as a whole have to register as a SEX OFFENDER CHURCH? Should VCC be held accountable and made to be responsible and register as a SEX OFFENDER CHURCH according to the same degree they have passed judgement on others? If VCC will be required to register as a SEX OFFENDER CHURCH, will children be allowed on the property or will they be able to interact with children? Is VCC a SEX OFFENDER CHURCH?

PrinceDavid - 10/16/2012 2:22 PM
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Will Victory Christian Center as a whole have to register as a SEX OFFENDER CHURCH? Should VCC be held accountable and made to be responsible and register as a SEX OFFENDER CHURCH according to the same degree they have passed judgement on others? If VCC will be required to register as a SEX OFFENDER CHURCH, will children be allowed on the property or will they be able to interact with children? Is VCC a SEX OFFENDER CHURCH?

PrinceDavid - 10/16/2012 2:22 PM
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Will Victory Christian Center as a whole have to register as a SEX OFFENDER CHURCH? Should VCC be held accountable and made to be responsible and register as a SEX OFFENDER CHURCH according to the same degree they have passed judgement on others? If VCC will be required to register as a SEX OFFENDER CHURCH, will children be allowed on the property or will they be able to interact with children? Is VCC a SEX OFFENDER CHURCH?

PrinceDavid - 10/16/2012 2:22 PM
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Will Victory Christian Center as a whole have to register as a SEX OFFENDER CHURCH? Should VCC be held accountable and made to be responsible and register as a SEX OFFENDER CHURCH according to the same degree they have passed judgement on others?

teepee16 - 9/25/2012 12:51 PM
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Not that it matters but the guy was a VBI student, they have a work study program where if you attend VBI you can work at VCC to pay your tuition.

aleman - 9/23/2012 3:40 PM
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Who used their position to cover it up?Why were they arrested if they were innocent?Some of them have the same last name as the pastor,horrible crime raping a child is and then cover it up,understand there are more and they have opted to deal with it through prayer.Don't care if the mom is shooting herion it doesn't make it right.

GetReal - 9/22/2012 8:28 PM
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@Gladys These were not "Teachers or Medical Staff or even Ministers" the guy who raped that girl was a janitor.. The youth leaders reported it to HR immediately now from what I heard they get charged for not following the correct policy and lesson learned I guess.. Think they probably learned their lesson.. When they deal with 1000's of kids from the innercity and all over every month you gotta think they hear a lot. It is a risky thing to do outreach but they do it..

GetReal - 9/22/2012 8:23 PM
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@aleman "expect the floodgates to open" dude your watching too much TV. You are oblivious to what is actually going on and using this as an opportunity to bash religion.. Cult? all about the money? Have you driven around Tulsa and seen all the gigantic churches from Methodist to Baptist? you think because a janitor uses his position to rape a 13 year old girl that it represents the church or religion as a whole? I hope that churches around take note of what happened and make the changes necessary to protect themselves from "sue me America" Drug mom looking for gold.. unreal.. Almost as bad as the lady that spilled coffee on herself and sued McD's... well not that ridiculous but anyway..

Gladys Crump - 9/19/2012 1:50 PM
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Does this mean they were using a different set of laws regarding reporting abuse? I thought everyone who teaches and every medical person who treats kids were bound by the same Oklahoma law, REPORT ALL SIGNS OF ABUSE IMMEDIATELY...what law were they observing? CYA, cover your as* law?

aleman - 9/18/2012 7:02 PM
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Feel like they have just scratched the surface expect the floodgates to open soon,these cult churches nothing but about the money
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