TULSA - A man who pleaded guilty to sex crimes involving young girls at Victory Christian Center was sentenced to prison Wednesday.
A judge sentenced 20-year-old Chris Denman Wednesday to 55 years in prison, plus five years probation.
Denman, a former church employee, pleaded guilty to raping a 13-year-old girl at the church in August, molesting a 15-year-old girl and making a lewd proposal to a 12-year-old girl.
On Wednesday, Denman's victims were in the courtroom. Mothers of two of the victims read impact statements.
One woman said her daughter lost her sense of security and innocence and she asked the judge to give him a life sentence. Another said she forgave Denman but still wanted him to pay for his crimes.
Denman also spoke at his sentencing, quoting scripture and asking the judge for leniency.
His guilty plea did not involve a deal with prosecutors so was entirely up to the judge to determine his sentence.
In addition to his prison sentence, Denman must pay a $12,000 fine and register as a sex offender.
Another former Victory employee, 23-year-old Israel Castillo, is charged with making a lewd proposal to a 15-year-old girl and using a computer to commit a sex crime. Castillo is due in court next month.
Five employees of the church also face misdemeanor charges for allegedly waiting two weeks to report the rape.
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