Five suspended Victor Christian Center employees have entered not guilty pleas to charges of failing to report child abuse in a child sex scandal that is rocking the mega-church to its foundation.
Entering not guilty please to the misdemeanor counts were John Samuel Daugherty, 28, and Charica Dene Daugherty, 27, the son and daughter-in-law of Victory Christian Center Senior Pastor Sharon Daugherty.
In addition to the Daughertys, defendants Anna Alisa George, 24, Paul Howard Willemstein, 32, and Harold Frank Sullivan, 73, entered pleas of not guilty to misdemeanor counts of failing to report child abuse.
It is alleged that the defendants became aware of allegations of child rape at the mega-church and waited from September 16th to September 30th to notify police.
Oklahoma law requires that anyone aware of or having a reasonable belief that child abuse has occurred or is occurring must notify authorities immediately.
Tulsa County District Attorney Tim Harris has indicated that no decision has been made yet as to whether charges will be filed against Victory Christian Center Senior Pastor Sharon Daugherty.
The on-going sex scandal alleges a total of four female victims, ages 12, 13 and 15-years-old.
Chris Denman, 20, is charged with six counts alleging sex crimes against children at the church including a 12-year-old girl, a 13-year-old girl and a 15-year-old girl.
Israel Shalom Castillo, 23, is charged with making a lewd or indecent proposal to a child and using a computer to facilitate a sex crime in a case involving a 15-year-old alleged victim.