TULSA - A Tulsa man charged for allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl at a church event has pleaded not guilty.
Chris Denman, 20, entered the not guilty plea shortly after 3 p.m. Friday in the Tulsa County District Court.
Denman was arrested Sept 5, after the victim's mother told police her daughter was raped.
According to officials, Denman was working as a Victory Christian Center employee at a youth event when the incident occurred.
The victim told police that the rape happened on Aug. 13 in a stairwell inside the church.
Court documents show there are two alleged victims.
Denman faces counts of first-degree rape, forcible sodomy, lewd molestation and use of a computer to facilitate a sex crime.
Victory Christian Center released a statement Friday afternoon in response to the rape allegations:
A tragic incident involving an allegation of rape at the Victory Christian Center campus has been the subject of much media coverage.
On behalf of Victory Christian Center, we fully understand the gravity of these allegations and are working with law enforcement and investigating within our organization to gather all information to address this matter. We are fully committed to the safety of our church family and our campus visitors, and this is not reflective of how we strive to operate.
Victory Christian Center has a written policy that requires any allegation of abuse to be reported by employees to the Department of Human Services, and internally within one hour to their department head and the director of human resources. It appears that this policy was not followed by the employees initially involved, and the allegations were not reported as directed within the required time.
The employees who we found to be aware of the allegation of rape have been suspended while we complete our internal investigation and assess our final disciplinary actions.
We will be asking the state Department of Human Services to partner with us to conduct a full audit of our policy for responding to allegations of child abuse, and will conduct an in-depth review of these procedures with all employees and volunteers.
Victory Christian Center has fully cooperated with the police and their investigation, and we will continue to do so in the future.
Most importantly, our hearts go out to the victims involved, and we ask that your thoughts and prayers be with them and their families. The safety and well-being of anyone who comes on our campuses is extremely important to our ministry. We are deeply saddened and greatly disappointed by this event.
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