Staff and Wire Reports
An ex-employee of a Tulsa megachurch who pleaded guilty in October to six sex-crime charges - including the rape of a 13-year-old girl - was sentenced to 55 years in prison today.
Twenty-year-old Chris Denman faced up to life in prison, but was given the 55 year sentence and 5 years probation, along with a $12,000 fine.
Prosecutor Sarah McAmis said she and the victims' families are pleased with the judge's decision.
"He is not a man who ever should be within our society again, and his punishment fits his crimes," said McAmis. She said Denman never demonstrated remorse for his crimes during court proceedings.
Denman's attorney did not want to speak with Channel 8, but said in court that Denman did demonstrate remorse by not wanting to subject his victims to a trial.
Denman quoted scripture before the judge handed down his sentence and said, "No one's perfect."
Victory Christian Center reacted to the sentence in this statement:
"Victory Christian Center is glad to see justice served today. We hope this helps the healing process for the victims and their families."
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.
Denman was also charged with molesting a 15-year-old girl and making a lewd proposal to a 12-year-old girl.
Attorneys said Denman's plea was not a result of an agreement with prosecutors.