Tulsa church staff rape verdict in: 55 years

From The Inquisitr:

A former janitor at a Tulsa megachurch was sentenced to 55 years in prison Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to raping a 13-year-old girl in the church’s stairwell.

Chris Denman was sentenced to an additional five years of probation and a $12,000 fine.

 In October, Denman pleaded guilty to first-degree rape, forcible oral sodomy of a child, lewd molestation, making a lewd proposal to a child and two counts of using a computer to facilitate a sex crime. There was no plea agreement in place, and Denman faced a life sentence.

Denman was accused of the August rape of a 13-year-old girl on the campus of Victory Christian Center, a megachurch in Tulsa that has 17,000 members. He was also charged with making a lewd proposal to a 12-year-old girl and molesting a 15-year-old girl.

Denman quoted Bible verses at his Wednesday sentencing and said he wanted to go to prison. Prosecutors said at the hearing that Denman was arrogant and used religion and the safety of the church to prey on young girls.

A second former employee, Israel Castillo, awaits trial on a charge of making a lewd or indecent proposal to a child. Prosecutors said Castillo sent explicit Facebook Messages to a 14-year-old girl he had known for at least two years.

Five church employees accused of waiting two weeks to report the alleged rape are facing misdemeanor charges. They include the son and daughter-in-law of the head pastor, Sharon Daugherty. All five have pleaded not guilty.

The 13-year-old victim’s mother sued the church and accused employees of trying to cover up the rape. She said the church was more interested in damage control and making her daughter feel as if she were to blame for the rape.

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What a black eye on:

The church community in Tulsa

The megachurch movement (all the headlines mention MEGACHURCH in the headline)

All those that serve God faithfully.

I hate that.

Todd

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  • Peter D. December 17, 2012 Reply

    I don’t see it as a black eye on the church community. I see it as a black on society in general, and how that has spilled over into the church. If it really did take two weeks for certain staff members to report this crime, then they should go to jail. There should be zero tolerance for them as well.

    As a victim of child sexual abuse at a much younger age, I have learned to forgive. But forgiving does not mean forgetting, and it does not mean we don’t hold it against the perpetrators. Some things, such as this insane act, require remembering and holding it against them so it is not repeated.

    In this case, if it is known that the head pastor knew at any point prior to the two weeks mentioned, that they should also be held accountable and charged.

  • Tom Wells (@tom_wells) December 17, 2012 Reply

    As a Christ follower, I find it appalling that this happened…..period. It doesn’t matter if it was in a building called a “church” or a school gymnasium. Lastly, nothing matters more than this little girl who was the victim. Your statement about it being a “black eye”….least of these.

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