Judge Moves Hearings for Victory Christian Employees to Next Month
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Five employees of a Tulsa megachurch accused of waiting more than two weeks to report the rape of a 13-year-old on ministry grounds will return to court in January.
John and Charica Daugherty - the son and daughter-in-law of the co-founder and head pastor at the 17,000-member Victory Christian Center - and Paul Willemstein, Anna George and Harold "Frank" Sullivan appeared in a Tulsa court room Wednesday morning.
According to court documents, the Daugherty's will return for a pretrial conference on Jan. 25. Willemstein, George and Sullivan will appear Jan. 16 for jury trial sounding.
At the hearing, the sides will discuss elements involved in potentially proceeding to trial.
Back in September, each pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor count of failing to report the abuse in a timely manner.
Also on Wednesday, Chris Denman appeared in court and received a 55 year sentence for raping the 13-year-old on church property and other sex crimes. The 20-year pleaded guilty back in October.
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