Hearing For Second Ex-Victory Christian Worker Postponed


Tuesday, October 23rd 2012, 10:54 am
By: News On 6


First on six - two additional people come forward in the case against Israel Castillo.

He is charged with making a lewd proposal to a 15-year-old girl and using a computer to commit a sex crime.

A hearing for Castillo's case was scheduled for Tuesday, but the Assistant District Attorney asked to postpone it, so detectives could interview two other people who recently came forward—one, a girl in her late teens.

Castillo was working at Victory Christian last summer when police say he met a 15-year-old girl, who attended the church's summer camp.

They say he stayed in contact with her through Facebook and cell phone.

When some of those communications were made known to Victory staff, Castillo was fired, then later arrested and charged with making a lewd proposal to a child and using a computer to commit a sex crime.

10/22/2012 Related Story: Arraignment Delayed For Former Tulsa Church Employee Accused Of Rape

Now, two new people have contacted police with information about Castillo and detectives want to interview those two people before Castillo's court case moves forward.

"Sometimes, people will have some information that is not directly related to a case, but helps corroborate other information we haven't made public, because we're not in trial yet," said Corporal Greg Smith, with TPD's Child Crisis unit.

Smith said a teenage girl told her mother she knew something about the case. They eventually decided to make a police report, and now detectives want to interview her more thoroughly.

Detectives are also talking to a second person, though it doesn't appear right now, that either of them are potential victims.

"The information we have right now is probably just a witness. That's good, we need witnesses to corroborate information from our victims," Smith said.

Detectives say, even though charges have been filed, this case is far from complete and they are still digging for information, and no bit of information is too small.

"If you had associations with the victims or suspects, if things were said to them, you overheard things, were told things that corroborate statements made by someone else—we need to talk to them, also," Smith said.

Castillo's hearing was postponed until November 29, even though his attorney objected.

The other former Victory employee, Chris Denman, who is accused of assaulting young teenage girls, is back in court next week.

The five staff members accused of failing to report the crimes in a timely manner, are making their way through the misdemeanor system.