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Five suspended Victory Christian employees to return to newly restructured church jobs
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Five suspended Victory Christian employees to return to newly restructured church jobs

Five suspended Victory Christian employees to return to newly restructured church jobs

Five suspended Victory Christian employees to return to newly restructured church jobs

The 5 Victory Christian Center employees who were suspended for failing to report a teen rape will soon be back at work.

The church made the announcement during weekend services.

The five staffers at Victory Christian Center face charges of failure to report child abuse, a misdemeanor, after they apparently knew about the reported rape of a 13-year-old girl as well as other sexual improprieties by VCC employees, but failed to tell police for more than two weeks.

The employees will return to newly restructured youth and human resources departments that will add extra supervision to the currently-suspended employees.

And there will be an extra layer of management involved for the 5 employees.

Court documents obtained by KRMG indicate Paul Wilemstein, Anna George, Harold (Frank) Sullivan, Charica Daugherty and John Daugherty each face one count of failure to report child abuse.


The statement that the church delivered to their congregation:

 

We want to give you an update regarding the five employees suspended for failure to follow ministry policy and procedures related to reporting abuse of a minor, as outlined in our Child Abuse and Neglect handbook.

For the past few weeks we have been doing an internal review of the facts and information surrounding the employees' responses to determine the appropriate disciplinary actions we should take based on our ministry guidelines.
As a result of that process, each employee has been met with, counseled on the seriousness of their failure and notified of all the disciplinary consequences invoked upon them including changes in responsibilities, accountability and reporting relationships.

As a result, we have restructured both the youth department and human resources department.

Rod Baker, Director of our Missions and Outreach Department who has been overseeing our missions and outreach programs, will now serve as Director of Missions, Outreach and Youth. Rod will oversee the 24/7 youth ministry, provide additional accountability, training and mentoring for all leaders in the youth department, and will be the direct supervisor of John and Charica Daugherty. Pastor Baker's leadership has been highly respected throughout his time at Victory, and we are looking forward to having him onboard our youth program.

Michael McCutchin, who serves as our Director of Finance and Administration, will be adding to his duties the role of Director of Human Resources. He has already stepped into that role and has been leading an internal committee to review our policies and procedures on responding to allegations of child abuse.

We believe these decisions, while difficult, were necessary and appropriate in moving forward with our process of strengthening and improving our ministry. I am confident these steps will help us stay focused on our mission of reaching people with the love of God.

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