Hearing set tomorrow for ex-Victory Christian janitor
BY JARREL WADE World Staff Writer
Monday, January 21, 2013
1/21/13 at 12:25 PM
A man accused of making a lewd or indecent proposal to a child at Victory Christian Center is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday where a judge could decide whether the case against him will continue to trial.
Israel Shalom Castillo, 23, has pleaded not guilty and has a pending motion to have the case dismissed, arguing not enough evidence was presented at a preliminary hearing to have him bound over for trial.
The lewd or indecent proposal charge involves a 14-year-old girl Castillo met through the church.
Castillo and Chris Denman, both Victory Christian Center members who worked as janitors for the church, were charged in September with separate child-sex crimes.
Denman, 20, pleaded guilty last year to six felony sex crimes against children, including the rape of the 13-year-old. He was sentenced to 55 years in prison and five years of probation.
Five Victory Christian staff members, including John and Charica Daugherty, a son and daughter-in-law of Senior Pastor Sharon Daugherty, have pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of failing to report child abuse.
Other staff members accused of not reporting the alleged crime are Paul Howard Willemstein, Anna Alisa George and Harold Frank Sullivan.