Victory Christian Employees Charged With Failing to Report Alleged Child Sex Abuse
Five Victory Christian Center employees, including Pastor Sharon Daugherty's son and daughter-in-law, have been charged with failure to report child abuse.
The criminal misdemeanor charges filed Monday come after Chris Denman, a former employee at Victory, was arraigned last week on charges that he sexually violating two underage girls at a summer camp at the church.
Court records show Denman faces four counts that include: rape of a minor under 14 years old, forcible oral sodomy of a minor under 14 years old, lewd molestation and use of a computer to facilitate a sex crime.
Tulsa County prosecutors said the failure to report abuse charges were filed against five employees. Victory Church officials confirmed that two of the people charged are Pastor Sharon Daugherty's son and daughter-in-law, John Daugherty and Charica Daugherty.
Also facing charges are Paul Wilemstein, Anna George, and Harold Frank Sullivan, according to court documents.
Prosecutor Tim Harris said for this type of charge the five employees could spend up to a year behind bars and pay a $500 fine if convicted. All five were booked into the Tulsa County Jail on Monday, Harris said.
Victory Christian Center issued a statement Monday afternoon stating:
"The employees involved were a high school outreach program director, an associate youth pastor, the director of the Human Resources department, and John and Charica Daugherty, who work at the church as sr. high youth pastor and assistant sr. high youth pastor. Last Friday, in response to the delay in reporting the alleged rape, Victory Christian Center suspended three of these employees who were aware of the allegation, and did not report it in a timely manner in accordance with an internal policy on reporting suspected cases of abuse or neglect. The police investigation additionally determined that John and Charica both had some awareness of this incident. Because of this finding, the ministry has also suspended John and Charica in accordance with our disciplinary policies while we continue an internal investigation. Again, we ask that your thoughts and prayers be with the victims and their families."
Victory Christian Center has a membership of 17,000 and was founded by Billy Joe and Sharon Daugherty in 1981. Sharon Daugherty has led the congregation since her husband's death in 2009.