Ex-church janitor heads to trial on lewdness count

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Though many people accused in an unreported rape scandal at a Tulsa megachurch resolved their cases with plea deals, a former church janitor accused of sending a juvenile lewd messages appears to be headed to trial.

At a brief hearing Wednesday, prosecutors and attorneys for 23-year-old Israel Castillo said they are prepared to try the case on Sept. 3.

Castillo was a janitor at the 17,000-member Victory Christian Center when he allegedly sent the messages to a 14-year-old girl.

The sides didn't discuss a plea bargain at the hearing.

Another former church janitor - Chris Denman - was sentenced last year to 55 years in prison for raping a 13-year-old girl at the church.

A number of employees were charged with misdemeanors for failure to report the sexual assault.

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