Tulsa megachurch, mother of teen rape victim reach settlement of civil lawsuit in rape case

A Tulsa megachurch has settled a civil lawsuit brought by a mother whose then-13-year-old daughter was raped last year in a ministry stairwell by an ex-janitor.

Church spokesman Justin Johnson says details of the settlement between Victory Christian Center and the mother are confidential. Johnson declined to comment further on behalf of the 17,000-member church.

The ex-janitor pleaded guilty to raping the teenager and was sentenced in December to 55 years in prison.

Five Victory employees — including the son and daughter-in-law of ministry co-founder and head pastor Sharon Daugherty — were charged because they waited two weeks before reporting the girl's rape to authorities.

Another ex-Victory janitor was sentenced last month to 18 months in prison for a sex crime unrelated to the rape.