Judge denies motions in Victory Christian case
BY JARREL WADE World Staff Writer
Monday, November 19, 2012
11/19/12 at 4:37 PM
A judge denied two motions Monday to dismiss charges of failure to report child abuse against two Victory Christian church employees.
In denying the motions to dismiss the charges, Tulsa County District Court Special Judge Sarah Smith said the intent of the statute is to prevent child abuse and that it does apply to the case.
The case involves allegations made by a 13-year-old girl to church officials that she was raped by a former employee of the church. About two weeks lapsed before police were notified of the girl's claims.
The motions to dismiss were filed by Tulsa attorney Jason Robertson on behalf of John and Charica Daugherty, the son and daughter-in-law of Victory Christian senior pastor Sharon Daugherty.
The motions argued the definition of abuse and sexual abuse in Oklahoma statutes legally do not require the defendants to report the crime.
"We're disappointed," Robertson said. "We're not filing any more motions to dismiss. ... If we have to go to jury trial, we go to jury trial."
The judge set the next hearing for Dec. 12.
Read the complete story in Tuesday's Tulsa World.
John Daugherty (right) and Charica Daugherty (left) leave a courtroom after an appearance at the Tulsa County Courthouse on Monday. MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World