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Case Continues For Four in Victory Christian Center Abuse Case

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John and Charica Daugherty John and Charica Daugherty
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A Tulsa judge refuses to hear arguments that charges against two workers of a Tulsa megachurch should be dropped.

John and Charica Daugherty appeared in court Monday for a hearing to dismiss charges.

The judge denied their argument and the case continues.

The Daughertys are included with three other employees who, prosecutors say, waited more than two weeks to report the rape of a 13-year-old girl.

John and Charica Daugherty, who are the son and daughter-in-law of Victory Christian Center senior pastor Sharon Daugherty, Anna George and Paul Willemstein claim they are innocent of the charges.

Back at the beginning of November, a motion from Tulsa prosecutors said John and Charica were legally required to report the alleged rape of a 13-year-old girl on the ministry's campus the moment they had reason to believe child abuse had occurred.

Instead, the state argues in a court filing Wednesday that they waited more than two weeks to report the alleged rape.

One ex-employee of the ministry, 20-year-old Chris Denman, pleaded guilty last month to raping the 13-year-old in a stairwell on church property and other sex crimes. He could face life in prison when he's sentenced in December.

Another ex-employee, Israel Castillo, is due in court Nov. 29 on charges of making a lewd proposal to a child. He's pleaded not guilty.

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