Tennessee Priest Accused of Sexual Misconduct Involving Teen

The associate pastor at St. Philip Catholic Church in Franklin was removed from his position at the parish and from public ministry after reports of sexual misconduct against a teen.

In November 2023, church officials reported to the Diocese of Nashville Safe Environment Office that a teenager in the parish reported Rev. Juan Carlos Garcia inappropriately touched them.

After the report, the Diocesan Review Board evaluated the information from the investigation and removed Garcia.

The Franklin City Police Department (FPD) is conducting the investigation. Anyone who has information about Garcia is urged to contact FPD at 615-476-2809.

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