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Ex-Victory Christian Center worker gets 55-year-prison term

TULSA — A former janitor at a Tulsa megachurch engulfed in a sex-abuse scandal was sentenced to 55 years in prison Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to raping a 13-year-old girl in the church's stairwell.

By JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS, AP Published: December 12, 2012
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John and Charica Daugherty, Paul Willemstein, Anna George and Harold “Frank” Sullivan have each pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor count of failing to report the abuse in a timely manner and all have a separate hearing scheduled for Wednesday.

The 13-year-old's mother has sued the ministry, accusing employees of trying to cover up the abuse by not reporting the rape to the authorities while it did an in-house investigation. She says the church was more interested in damage control and attempting to make her daughter feel as if she was somehow to blame for the assault.

In September, after the five church employees were arrested for not reporting the abuse, the ministry issued a statement accepting blame for the delay and vowing to work with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services to audit its reporting policy.

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