TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The son and daughter-in-law of the senior pastor at a south Tulsa megachurch told a judge Wednesday they want a jury trial on charges they waited two weeks to report the August rape of a 13-year-old girl on church property and won't take a plea deal.
Three other employees of the 17,000-member Victory Christian Center, who face the same misdemeanor charge of not promptly reporting the abuse, waived their rights to a jury trial at a hearing Wednesday.
Attorneys for employees Paul Willemstein, Anna George and Harold "Frank" Sullivan told the court their clients would likely enter guilty pleas with no guarantee of a sentence recommendation from prosecutors at a March 18 hearing. All three could be sentenced then as well.
Prosecutors said they plan to present testimony then, including statements from the girl's relatives, to show how severe the crimes were.
"It's our opportunity to present aggravating evidence and show why they should be held accountable," prosecutor Sarah McAmis said.
Attorneys for John and Charica Daugherty, the son and daughter-in-law of Victory Christian Center head pastor Sharon Daugherty, said they want a chance to prove their clients did nothing wrong.
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- JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS, Associated Press, 2 Tulsa church workers refuse plea deal, newstimes.com
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