New charges in Victory Christian sex-crime case involve 12-year-old
BY JARREL WADE World Staff Writer
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
9/25/12 at 7:24 AM
Additional charges filed in court Monday reveal a fourth alleged victim in the investigation of two former Victory Christian Center employees who are accused of sex crimes against children, court records show.
Chris Denman, 20, originally was jailed on two charges related to the alleged rape of a 13-year-old girl at the church and charges of lewd molestation and use of a computer to facilitate a sex crime involving a 15-year-old girl.
The charges added against Denman Monday - making a lewd proposal to a child and using a computer to facilitate a sex crime - involve a 12-year-old girl, the youngest person yet involved in the ongoing case.
Israel Shalom Castillo, 23, is charged with making a lewd or indecent proposal to a 15-year-old girl and using a computer to facilitate a sex crime, records show.
The allegations against Castillo were made in the course of a Victory Christian Center internal investigation into the allegations against Denman, police said.
Denman and Castillo, both members of the church, worked as janitors in the same department, according to information provided by Victory Christian.
Denman started working as a janitor Aug. 16 but had worked for Victory Christian since at least June 2; Castillo started working as a janitor Aug. 3, according to the church.
Denman remains in jail with bail set at $200,000. Castillo was released Friday after posting bond.
Five Victory Christian Center staff members, including Senior Pastor Sharon Daugherty's son and daughter-in-law, were suspended from their employment in addition to being charged with failing to report child abuse after an alleged two-week lapse in reporting the initial rape allegations.
Daugherty, who was not charged, told investigators she had been told about the allegations but believed that her subordinates were appropriately reporting the incidents, police said.
Paul Howard Willemstein, 32, associate youth pastor; Anna Alisa George, 24, high school outreach program director; Harold Frank Sullivan, 73, the church's human resources director; Charica Dene Daugherty, 27, assistant senior high youth pastor; and John Samuel Daugherty, 28, senior high youth pastor, were jailed on the misdemeanor charges last week. They all posted bond and were released the same day.
All five employees are scheduled for an initial arraignment on Wednesday.
Jason Robertson, attorney for John and Charica Daugherty, said they will be pleading not guilty.
"We are confident when an impartial jury hears all the evidence, deliberates and reaches a conclusion, the last words spoken in this case will be 'not guilty,' as well," Robertson said in a statement Monday.
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Chris Denman: Charges filed Monday against the former Victory Christian employee involve a 12-year-old girl.
Israel Shalom Castillo: He's accused of making a lewd or indecent proposal.