Sex abuse claims at Tulsa megachurch

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) – A 17,000-member megachurch in south Tulsa has been rattled by allegations that five employees waited two weeks to report the rape of a 13-year-old girl in a campus stairwell, allegedly by a church worker.

Police say the girl is among at least three victims of alleged sex crimes by two former church employees who face criminal charges. Investigators say more could surface.

Authorities have also charged five ministry employees at Victory Christian Center for waiting two weeks before reporting to police the alleged rape of the 13-year-old.

Police said this week that the worldwide ministry’s pastor and co-founder, Sharon Daugherty, knew about the allegations during the two-week reporting lapse, but trusted ministry employees to follow in-house policies on reporting such incidents.

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