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Victim’s family files lawsuit against OK church, convention following alleged rape at Falls Creek

Benjamin Perry (Source KFOR) Benjamin Perry (Source KFOR)

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (KFOR) – A civil lawsuit has been filed against a metro church and the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma following the alleged rape of a 13-year-old girl by a 35-year-old cook at Falls Creek last summer.

Benjamin Petty has been charged with rape in Murray County.

The victim’s family is now suing the Texas church that brought her to the camp, the Country Estates Baptist Church in Midwest City and the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma for failure to perform background checks, which may have protected the teen. The lawsuit asks for more than $75,000 from each organization.

“Minimal effort on the part of the Defendants- before and/or during the camp- would have revealed that Petty was not an appropriate adult candidate to bring to , or remain at, the camp. In fact, Petty was a convicted criminal and it was readily apparent that he was involved in a lifestyle contrary and repugnant to the values espoused by the BGCO, Country Estates, Terrell and Falls Creek,” the lawsuit alleges.

According to KFOR, the lawsuit claims Petty preyed on the victim for days before the rape and was allow to spend time with her without any supervision.

Court documents say Petty pulled her into his cabin, “closed the door to his bedroom, tied [victim’s] hands behind her back, pulled down her jeans, pushed her face down on his bed, and violently raped and sodomized her.”

Information provided by KFOR.

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