Former Tulsa church worker pleads guilty to rape
by Justin Juozapavicius,Associated Press
October 29, 2012 02:15 PM | 808 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A former employee of a Tulsa megachurch accused of raping a 13-year-old girl pleaded guilty Monday to six sex-crime charges.

Chris Denman, 20, faces up to life in prison after entering the plea. He is due in court Dec. 12 for sentencing.

Denman was accused in August of raping the girl on the campus of Victory Christian Center, a megachurch that has 17,000 members. Denman was also charged with molesting a 15-year-old girl and making a lewd proposal to a 12-year-old girl.

He pleaded guilty Monday to all charges filed against him: first-degree rape, forcible oral sodomy of a child, lewd molestation, lewd proposal to a child and two counts of using a computer to facilitate a sex crime.

Attorneys said Denman’s plea was not a result of an agreement with prosecutors, who plan to call an "aggravation hearing" at his sentencing to demonstrate the need for a tough sentence.

Denman told a judge at Monday’s hearing that he made the decision on his own to accept the plea deal.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys weren’t immediately available for comment.

Five employees of the church also face misdemeanor charges for allegedly waiting two weeks to report the alleged rape. They have pleaded not guilty and are due in court Wednesday.

The 13-year-old’s mother has sued the church seeking more than $75,000. She claims the church sought "damage control" rather than pursuing the case properly.

Comments-icon Post a Comment
No Comments Yet
*We welcome your comments on the stories and issues of the day and seek to provide a forum for the community to voice opinions. All comments are subject to moderator approval before being made visible on the website but are not edited. The use of profanity, obscene and vulgar language, hate speech, and racial slurs is strictly prohibited. Advertisements, promotions, spam, and links to outside websites will also be rejected. Please read our terms of service for full guides