Police Discover New Victim; More Charges Filed Against Former Church Employee

Monday, September 24th 2012, 5:42 pm

A former Victory Christian employee, charged with raping a 13-year-old girl on the church campus, now faces additional charges, after police discovered another potential victim.

Chris Denman, 20, was first arrested on September 5, on complaints of rape of a minor and oral sodomy of a minor.

He was also charged with lewd proposal to a child and use of a computer to facilitate a sex crime.

Monday, Denman was charged with two additional counts, one of lewd proposal to a child and one of use of a computer to facilitate a sex crime; those charges coming after the name of a 12-year-old girl came up in a search of Denman's Facebook chats.

9/21/2012 Related Story: Mother Of Alleged Sex Abuse Victim Files Lawsuit Against Victory Christian

Tulsa Police Corporal Greg Smith said, "Actually, we contacted her after her name came up in some of the Facebook chats, as well as finding out she's friends with our known victims. So, we contacted her to see if there was any possibility that something had gone on with her, and the investigation showed that it had."

Smith said the investigation is still unfolding.

"Well, at this point, we do have a few other names of people we're going to check with to see if perhaps there was any contact between our suspects and them, and from that point we'll see where the investigation goes," Smith said.

Police said they are also investigating an allegation involving a fourth young girl, but have not released details or named a suspect.

Read Victory Christian Center's timeline of events

According to Victory Christian's timeline of events, on August 16, the 13-year-old girl first told two youth interns that she had been raped on August 13.

A second man, Israel Castillo, 23, was charged with lewd and indecent proposal to a child and use of a computer to facilitate a sex crime, after a member of Victory Christian's youth group showed a youth pastor screenshots of electronic messages between Castillo and another young girl in the youth group.

Castillo and Denman were both fired by Victory Christian on August 24, days before they were reported to the police.

The police said they were notified on August 30, according to Denman's arrest and booking report.

9/17/2012 Related Story: Charges Filed Against Tulsa Church Employees Amid Sex Abuse Investigation

The mother of the 13-year-old who accused Denman of rape has filed a lawsuit against Victory Christian, alleging employees told her daughter the alleged assault was her fault and intimidated her into not going public with her allegation.

Victory Christian, last week, acknowledged that their written policy regarding reporting of abuse allegations was not followed.

Five Victory Christian employees, John Daugherty, Charica Daugherty, Anna George, Paul Wilemstein and Harold Sullivan, were all charged with misdemeanor failure to report child abuse and were suspended by Victory Christian.

Denman remains in a Tulsa County jail on a $200,000 bond. His preliminary hearing is set for October 11.


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