Tulsa church moves to block rape victim’s mother from claiming damages
A megachurch in Tulsa, Oklahoma has asked for the dismissal of a civil suit by the mother of a 13-year-old girl raped on church grounds, saying she is ineligible from claiming damages.
According to the Associated Press, the Victory Christian Center will argue in a hearing on Monday that the child’s mother is not entitled to any monetary relief under the law. She is seeking more than $75,000 in damages.
The suit accuses employees at the center of not reporting the attack by Chris Denman, a former church janitor.
Denman was sentenced last month to 55 years in jail after pleading guilty to raping the girl and one more victim, a 15-year-old girl.
“Although he chose to plead guilty, he has never expressed any remorse,” prosecutor Sarah McAmis told KOTV-TV after his sentencing. “He has never expressed any sorrow for his victims. His only concern seems to be for himself.”
Last month, a county judge also dismissed two motions seeking to dismiss charges of failure to report child abuse against two Victory youth ministers, John and Charica Daughterty.
Watch KOTV’s report on Denman’s sentencing, aired Dec. 13, 2012, below.