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Fri February 1, 2013

Arraignment Set for Ex-Church Worker

Israel Castillo
Credit Tulsa County Jail Booking photo

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A man charged with making a lewd proposal to a 14-year-old girl he met while he worked as a janitor at an Oklahoma megachurch is due to be arraigned in district court.

Twenty-three-year-old former Victory Christian Center worker Israel Castillo will be arraigned Friday on the felony count.

Castillo claims he did not know the girl was under age when he allegedly sent explicit Facebook messages to her. Prosecutors say Castillo had known the girl for at least two years and met her in person.

Castillo's pleaded not guilty. If convicted, he could face 20 years in prison.

Another former Victory employee — 20-year-old Chris Denman — was sentenced in December to 55 years in prison after pleading guilty to raping a 13-year-old girl in a church stairwell.

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