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Tulsa Megachurch Lawsuit: Victory Christian Center Says Mother Can't Claim Damages For Abuse

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FILE - This undated photo provided by the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office shows Chris Denman. The former janitor at a Tulsa megachurch engulfed in a sex-abuse scandal was sentenced to 55 years in prison Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012 after he pleaded guilty to raping a 13-year-old girl in the church's stairwell. (AP Photo/Tulsa County Sheriff's Office, File) | AP

TULSA, Okla. — A judge has refused to dismiss a civil lawsuit that accuses a Tulsa megachurch of trying to cover up the rape of a 13-year-old girl by a worker on the church's campus.

The Victory Christian Center had argued that the girl's mother, who filed the suit, was not entitled to any relief under the law. A judge on Monday rejected the church's request to dismiss the lawsuit.

Ex-janitor Chris Denman was sentenced to 55 years in prison after pleading guilty to multiple sex-related charges. Denman admitted raping the teenage girl in a stairwell on church property.

The lawsuit accuses employees of not reporting the August rape to the authorities while the church conducted an in-house investigation.

The mother is seeking more than $75,000 in damages.

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