Okla. megachurch, mom of rape victim settle suit

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - A Tulsa megachurch has settled a civil lawsuit brought by a mother whose then-13-year-old daughter was raped last year in a ministry stairwell by an ex-janitor.

Church spokesman Justin Johnson says details of the settlement between Victory Christian Center and the mother were confidential. Johnson declined to comment further on behalf of the 17,000-member church.

The ex-janitor pleaded guilty to raping the teenager and was sentenced in December to 55 years in prison.

Five Victory employees - including the son and daughter-in-law of ministry co-founder and head pastor Sharon Daugherty - were charged because they waited two weeks before reporting the girl's rape to authorities.

Another ex-Victory janitor was sentenced last month to 18 months in prison for a sex crime unrelated to the rape.

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