Hearing Passed For Second Victory Christian Rape Suspect
The preliminary hearing has been passed for the second of 2 suspects charged with sex crimes at a Tulsa megachurch.
Former Victory Christian Center employee Israel Castillo is charged with making a lewd proposal to a 15-year-old girl and using a computer to commit a sex crime. The 23-year-old Castillo has pleaded not guilty and is free on bond.
Castillo's hearing was set for Tuesday, but pushed off until next week. He was not present in the courtroom.
A spokesperson with the district attorney's office said Assistant DA Sarah McAmis requested the continuance. She announced to the judge that new witnesses or alleged victims of Castillo could come forward.
Up to this point, only one victim had come forward claming abuse by Castillo.
A judge on Monday postponed until Oct. 29 a hearing for ex-employee Chris Denman - who faces charges of raping a 13-year-old on the ministry's campus in August and other sex crimes. The 20-year-old Denman has pleaded not guilty and remains in jail.
Five employees of the 17,000-member church face misdemeanor charges for waiting two weeks to tell authorities of the 13-year-old's alleged rape. Each has pleaded not guilty.