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Second felony suspect in Victory Christian sex abuse case on the run
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Second felony suspect in Victory Christian sex abuse case on the run

Second felony suspect in Victory Christian sex abuse case on the run
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Second felony suspect in Victory Christian sex abuse case on the run

The second felony suspect in the investigation into reported sexual abuse and rape at a well known Tulsa Christian church has refused to turn himself in.

Tulsa Police say they will likely have to hunt him down.

Prosecutors have charged former Victory employee Israel Castillo with lewd or indecent proposal to a minor and use of a computer to facilitate a sex crime.

Police say he used his Facebook account to try and lure an underaged girl into a sexual encounter.

Victory has admitted in writing that staffers learned of that incident as well as the reported rape of a 13-year-old by another Victory employee, Chris Denman and failed to report those and other incidents to police for more than two weeks.

During that period of time, Castillo left Tulsa and police believe he returned to the Arlington, Texas area where he lived previously.

Arlington lies between Dallas and Ft. Worth.

Tulsa Police Department Detective Greg Smith has told KRMG previously that investigators believe Denman had also planned to leave town, but the investigation moved quickly once the information finally made its way to police and they took him into custody before he could leave.

Denman's charged with first-degree rape of a minor, sodomy of a minor, lewd molestation and use of a computer to facilitate a sex crime.

The lewd molestation charge involves a third possible victim, two attributed to Denman and one to Castillo.

Five church employees were arrested Monday evening after turning themselves in on warrants for failure to report child abuse.

All five, including the son and daughter-in-law of Victory founders Billy Joe and Sharon Daugherty, posted a $1,500 bond and were released.

That crime is a misdemeanor in Oklahoma.

Detectives tell KRMG they will likely give Castillo one more chance to surrender to investigators.

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