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      Judge Won't Dismiss Suit Against Victory Christian Center

      A judge has refused to dismiss a civil lawsuit that accuses a Tulsa megachurch of trying to cover up the rape of a 13-year-old girl by a worker on the church's campus.

      The Victory Christian Center had argued that the girl's mother, who filed the suit, was not entitled to any relief under the law. A judge on Monday rejected the church's request to dismiss the lawsuit.

      Ex-janitor Chris Denman was sentenced to 55 years in prison after pleading guilty to multiple sex-related charges. Denman admitted raping the teenage girl in a stairwell on church property.

      The lawsuit accuses employees of not reporting the August rape to the authorities while the church conducted an in-house investigation.

      The mother is seeking more than $75,000 in damages.

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