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Ex-megachurch worker gets 55-year-prison term

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Hearings have been delayed for five employees of a Tulsa megachurch accused of waiting more than two weeks to report the rape of a 13-year-old on ministry grounds.

John and Charica Daugherty - the son and daughter-in-law of the co-founder and head pastor at the 17,000-member Victory Christian Center - and Paul Willemstein, Anna George and Harold "Frank" Sullivan were due in court Wednesday, but a judge delayed their court appearances until January.

Each pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor count of failing to report the abuse in a timely manner.

Ex-ministry employee, 20-year-old Chris Denman, pleaded guilty Oct. 29 to raping the 13-year-old on church property and other sex crimes and was sentenced Wednesday to 55 years in prison.

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