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Police want to talk with more potential victims in Victory Christian sex crime investigation
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Police want to talk with more potential victims in Victory Christian sex crime investigation

Police want to talk with more potential victims in Victory Christian sex crime investigation
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Police want to talk with more potential victims in Victory Christian sex crime investigation

Tulsa Child Crisis Unit detectives say the investigation into possible additional victims of sexual abuse at Tulsa's Victory Christian Center continues, but they've hit a snag involving the families of some of those potential victims.

Det. Sgt. Brandon Wykoff confirms to KRMG that the underaged girls who have come forward "have given us other names of a couple girls we'd like to interview as well."

They don't know at this juncture if those girls might represent additional victims or witnesses in the criminal cases already filed.

"We can't say 100 percent that we know they're victims," Wykoff told KRMG. "It's just that their names came up in the course of the investigation and we'd like to interview them."

But that has proven more difficult than one might think.

"We thought they were going to come in and for whatever reason someone changed their mind. I can't say specifically it was the parents who changed their mind, but someone changed their mind and didn't bring them in."

Wykoff noted that he has seen similar situations arise when investigating sexual crimes at churches and schools, but was careful not to draw any conclusions about this particular case.

He also held out the possibility that the girls who have not come in for questioning could lead to further suspects.

"All I can say in regard to that is it's a possibility, but until we get these other possible victims in to get them forensically interviewed, we don't know."

Wednesday evening, a 90-minute service was held at Victory Christian Center and simulcast on the Internet.

KRMG monitored the service.

No mention was made of the ongoing investigation nor the arrests of six employees so far with a seventh charged, but still at large.

Five of those employees face misdemeanor charges of failure to report child abuse.

Victory has admitted they failed to tell police when a 13-year-old girl came to them and reported she had been raped by an employee, Chris Denman.

Denman is jailed on counts of rape of a minor under 14, forcible sodomy, lewd molestation (involving a second victim) and use of a computer to facilitate a sex crime.

Police say another employee, Israel Castillo,  used Facebook to make sexual approaches to a third girl.

He's charged with making a lewd or indecent proposal to a minor and use of a computer to facilitate a sex crime.

Castillo left town after Victory fired both men, but at least a week before Victory staffers finally reported the incidents to police.

Detectives believe he may be in the Arlington, Texas, area.

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