TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Two youth ministers at a Tulsa megachurch say misdemeanor charges of failing to report child abuse against them should be dismissed because no one in the case has been charged with child abuse.
Former Victory Christian Church employee Chris Denman is charged with first-degree rape and other sex crimes. Police say the 20-year-old Denman a raped 13-year-old girl in a stairwell on the church campus. Another ex-employee faces separate charges.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — More than a week after a Tulsa church promised to ask Oklahoma's Department of Human Services to review how it handles child abuse allegations, DHS says it has yet to hear from the ministry.
Victory Christian Center made the pledge last week, after five workers were charged for not quickly reporting the alleged rape of a 13-year-old girl on the church's campus.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The pastor of a Tulsa megachurch where five employees reportedly waited two weeks to report the alleged rape of a 13-year-old girl is encouraging congregants to speak up about sexual abuse.
Victory Christian Center pastor Sharon Daugherty brought up the topic during weekend services.
Police say Daugherty knew about the abuse allegations, but trusted ministry employees to follow in-house policies on reporting such incidents. She has not been charged.