Denman Sentenced in Victory Rape

Dec 12, 2012

20-year-old Chris Denman
Credit Tulsa County Jail Booking photo

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A former janitor at a Tulsa megachurch engulfed in a sex-abuse scandal has been sentenced to 55 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to raping a 13-year-old girl in the church's stairwell.

Chris Denman pleaded guilty in October 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. He was also handed 5 years of probation and a $12,000 fine during sentencing Wednesday.

He did not have a plea agreement with prosecutors and had faced up to life in prison.

Denman was accused in the August rape of a girl on the campus of Victory Christian Center, a worldwide ministry located in south Tulsa that has 17,000 members.