ON AIR NOW

LISTEN NOW

Weather

cloudy-day
64°
Cloudy
H 66° L 36°
  • cloudy-day
    64°
    Current Conditions
    Cloudy. H 66° L 36°
  • cloudy-day
    37°
    Morning
    Cloudy. H 66° L 36°
  • cloudy-day
    45°
    Afternoon
    Partly Cloudy. H 47° L 29°
LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

Krmg news on demand

00:00 | 00:00

LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

Krmg traffic on demand

00:00 | 00:00

LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

Krmg weather on demand

00:00 | 00:00

Local
Two Victory Christian employees, at least 3 possible victims involved in rape, molestation case
Close

Two Victory Christian employees, at least 3 possible victims involved in rape, molestation case

Two Victory Christian employees, at least 3 possible victims involved in rape, molestation case
Photo Credit: Russell Mills

Two Victory Christian employees, at least 3 possible victims involved in rape, molestation case

UPDATE: Victory Christian Center has said it will make a statement Friday afternoon regarding the ongoing investigation into at least two of its employees regarding a reported rape and other allegations of sexual improprieties involving underaged girls. WARNING: This story includes graphic content excerpted from a court document which some might find objectionable.

A Tulsa Police Department detective says the investigation into allegations of rape at Victory Christian Center has widened, and now involves at least two suspects and three victims.

KRMG has confirmed that the charges against Chris Denman, a former employee of Victory, involve two victims.

We have now learned the name of a second possible suspect, who also worked for Victory as an intern.

A search warrant affidavit filed Thursday sought information regarding the employment of  Israel Castillo, as well as that of Chris Denman.

Moreover, Asst. District Attorney Doug Drummond says Denman may face additional charges.

He adds that there is "at least one other person that is being investigated, and once we get the reports, we'll make a filing decision at that time."

He didn't want to quantify exactly how many possible victims have been identified at this point, but did agree the current charges already involve more than one.

"We certainly know about two (victims). If further victims come forward we'll look at them," he added.

However, Det. Smith did confirm the possibility of a third victim.

"There is another person we're looking at that may have been involved in some improper activity, and that would be with a third victim but at this point the charges haven't been filed. We're going to submit our information to the D.A.'s office and they'll review them."

Drummond said it's still too early to determine if any of the staff or administration at Victory Christian might face possible criminal charges related to the apparent failure to report the rapes to police.

Police documents indicate the church knew about at least one of the sexual assaults and failed to report them to police for more than two weeks.

The search warrant affidavit also clearly states Victory employees knew about the girl's account of the rape and failed to report it.

"The staff at Victory Christian Center waited more than two weeks to notify the mothers of the two girls as well as the police," it states.

It goes on to say "the two employees held positions at the church that led to additional contact with young females."

The affidavit does indicate that Human Resource Director Frank Sullivan and Youth Director Paul Willemstein "interviewed both the 15-year-old female and the adult employee" about Facebook messages of an explicit nature exchanged between the two.

It says Sullivan contacted the mother of the 13-year-old Aug. 30 "a few hours after calling police."

"Mr. Sullivan advised (the victim's) mother that her daughter and the employee had a consensual sexual relationship. Mr. Sullivan advised the mother that the employee had been terminated. Mr. Sullivan also informed the mother that the sex between her daughter and the employee occurred on 081312. Mr. Sullivan stated the church conducted an investigation and both (the victim) and the employee admitted to the sexual relationship."

But the story the girl told police the next day, Aug. 31, would indicate that the sex was anything but consensual.

According to the affidavit, she "disclosed that Chris Denman forcibly removed her clothes in a stairwell located near the band room inside Victory Christian Center. That Chris Denman pushed her against a wall and had vaginal intercourse. Mr. Denman then grabbed (her) head forcing her to the ground and made her perform oral sex. (The victim) stated that she bit Mr. Denman's penis during the oral sex and he hit her on the side of her face. (She) stated that the rape occurred on 083112 prior to the church service."

Detectives served the search warrant Thursday, searching Victory Christian Center for evidence and obtaining records of their internal investigation, security tapes, and more.

Also Thursday, the D.A.'s office filed four felonies against Denman. Those charges include rape, forcible sodomy, and using a computer to facilitate a sex crime. Another charge, lewd molestation, involves the second victim, according to court records.

Read More
VIEW COMMENTS

There are no comments yet. Be the first to post your thoughts. or Register.

  • Japan’s recent decision to up its patrols in response to rising appearances ofimplies there might be a serious problem with North Korea’s food supply. >> Read more trending newsThe Guardian reports that at least 28 North Korean boats washed ashore or were found adrift in Japanese waters, the result of North Korean fishermen’s decision to push farther and farther out to sea to make bigger catches for their military, citizens and exports to China. Several of the vessels found were “ghost ships,” labeled as such when found with either a dead or missing crew. Though the number of stray vessels found in Japan this year is consistent with last year’s number, some have expressed concern for the high number of ships found in November compared to the number found last November. The Washington Post offered possible explanations for the spike in appearances, including food shortages which may be the result of tougher sanctions recently passed against the country. “North Korean fishermen have to work harder than ever before, and they have to go farther out into the sea, but they don’t have new boats,” said Atsuhito Isozaki, associate professor of North Korean studies at Keio University in Tokyo. “Plus, North Korea doesn’t have enough gasoline anymore, so they’re running out of fuel.” The concerning state of North Koreans’ food supply was highlighted last month following the dramatic rescue of a North Korean soldier who defected while on duty. Oh Chong Song abandoned his post in November and began to run toward South Korea. He was shot at more than 40 times by his fellow soldiers, and at least five bullets hit him. South Korean soldiers were able to crawl to the area where he lay and he was transportedto a hospital by a United Nations Command helicopter. While rushing to save his life, trauma surgeon Lee Cook-Jong discovered parasitic worms, some were over 10 inches long, in the soldier’s digestive tract. The worms, which have been discovered in other defectors, indicated the use of a detrimental, government-backed approach to health and agriculture in the country: night soil. “Night soil” is a fertilizer made up of human excrement and used by North Korean farmers. There is a perception in the country that night soil makes food taste better and the method has even been personally supported by dictator Kim Jong-Un. The five-hour surgery consisted of removing a bullet, fixing a number of wounds caused by the bullet and removing the parasitic worms that were making their way out of Oh Chong Song’s body. “In my over 20-year-long career as a surgeon, I have only seen something like this in a textbook,” Cook-Jong later said of the flesh-colored parasites he found.
  • Don’t accuse men of overreacting when they’re sick —, according to a new study. Dr. Kyle Sue, a clinical assistant professor in family medicine with the Memorial University of Newfoundland, published an article in the British Medical Journal, contending that men seem to experience worse symptoms of cold an flu than women. >> Related: 7 ways to prevent your child from getting the flu this season Sue’s study also noted that U.S. research showed men had higher rates of deaths linked to flu compared to women of the same age. “I do think that the research does point towards men having a weaker immune response when it comes to common viral respiratory infections and the flu,” Sue told The Guardian. “This is shown in the fact that they [have] worse symptoms, they last longer, they are more likely to be hospitalized and more likely to die from it.” In Ohio, for example, the flu seems to be impacting populations earlier than usual this year. The Ohio Department of Health said the state is above the five-year average for the number of cases reported at this time of year and “significantly higher” than the same time last year. 
  • The acting head of the Oklahoma State Department of Health says a $30 million cash infusion from the Legislature will help pay vendors and fund layoffs. Acting Oklahoma Health Commissioner Preston Doerflinger made the comments Monday during more than two hours of testimony before a House panel looking into the agency's budget problems. Doerflinger announced last week that 198 employees at the department would be laid off to reduce costs.  He says some of the $30 million will be used to give laid-off employees a cash payment equal to 18 months of health insurance premiums. Doerflinger says more systemic changes are needed to permanently stabilize the agency after years of mismanagement.
  • The University of Oklahoma Board of Regents scheduled to meet Tuesday amid calls for board member Kirk Humphreys to resign. Humphreys compared gay people to pedophiles during an interview with an Oklahoma City television station that aired on Sunday. An OU alumni group called for his resignation. The student body president encouraged the campus to voice its opinion on Humphreys' 'ignorant' words.” OU's president said he disagreed with the views. Humphreys said in a statement Monday night that he regretted his comments and that he didn't mean to equate gay people with pedophiles.