Five charges are filed against employees of the Victory Christian Center in Tulsa. It deals with the alleged rape 13-year-old. The charges claim that some of the staff knew about the incident and failed to take timely action.
The Victory Christian Center, one of Tulsa’s largest churches, released the following statement yesterday afternoon:
District Attorney Tim Harris filed charges today against five employees of Victory Christian Center for Failure to Report Abuse or Neglect of Child Under 18.
The employees involved were a high school outreach program director, an associate youth pastor, the director of the Human Resources department, and John and Charica Daugherty, who work at the church as sr. high youth pastor and assistant sr. high youth pastor.
Last Friday, in response to the delay in reporting the alleged rape, Victory Christian Center suspended three of these employees who were aware of the allegation, and did not report it in a timely manner in accordance with an internal policy on reporting suspected cases of abuse or neglect. The police investigation additionally determined that John and Charica both had some awareness of this incident. Because of this finding, the ministry has also suspended John and Charica in accordance with our disciplinary policies while we continue an internal investigation.
Again, we ask that your thoughts and prayers be with the victims and their families.