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Judge Refuses to Drop Charges Against Former Church Employee
TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- A Tulsa judge has refused to dismiss charges against a former Tulsa megachurch janitor who allegedly sent lewd and indecent proposals to a 14-year-old girl he met at the church.
Judge William Kellough on Tuesday rejected a defense motion to dismiss charges against former Victory Christian Center employee Israel Castillo. Arraignment is scheduled for Feb. 1.
Castillo has pleaded not guilty and defense attorneys say he did not know the girl was 14. Prosecutors say Castillo met the girl at a Victory Christian Center youth camp and knew her age because he had known her for two years before sending the messages.
Castillo's attorneys claim prosecutors did not present enough evidence at a preliminary hearing.
Castillo, 23, worked as a janitor in the church when he and another former employee were arrested in September 2012. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted. The other former church employee, Chris Denham, was sentenced last month to 55 years in prison for raping a 13-year-old girl at the church.
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Posted: Tuesday, January 22 2013, 11:32 AM CST
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Oklahoma lawmakers plan $45 million tornado relief
May 21, 2013 22:12 GMT
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma lawmakers have begun the process of appropriating millions of dollars in emergency funds to help pay the cost of recovering from tornadoes that have ravaged parts of central Oklahoma.
Separate committees of the House and Senate on Tuesday approved a plan to appropriate $45 million from the state's Rainy Day Constitutional Reserve Fund. The money will go to the State Emergency Fund to help recover from a massive tornado that struck Moore on Monday, killing at least 24 people. A separate tornado on Sunday left two dead in Shawnee.
Republican Sen. Clark Jolley of Edmond says the money will help the Department of Emergency Management match disaster aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency or to pay costs not covered by federal dollars.
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