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February 15, 2013

Tulsa church pastor may testify in sex abuse cases

— TULSA — The leader of a Tulsa megachurch could be called to testify in two cases alleging her ministry failed to promptly report allegations of child abuse to the proper authorities.

Victory Christian Center co-founder and senior pastor Sharon Daugherty has been relatively quiet about the scandal that rattled the 17,000-member church last fall, but that may soon change.

Her son and daughter-in-law are among five church employees who are each charged with one misdemeanor count of waiting two weeks to report allegations that a 13-year-old girl had been raped on ministry property in August.

The five could face up to a year in jail.

The worldwide ministry also faces a civil lawsuit filed by the 13-year-old's mother, alleging the church was more concerned about damage control than her daughter's well-being.

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