Father Armand Garcia
Arrested: March 2019
Assigned as follows:
2005-2008: Saint Joseph (Downington, PA)
2008-2009: Saint Eleanor (Collegeville, PA)
2009-2010: Saint Katherine of Siena (Philadelphia, PA)
2010-2011: Personal Leave
2011: Our Lady of the Assumption (Strafford, PA)
2011-2017: Immaculate Heart of Mary (Roxborough/Philadelphia, PA)
2017-2018: Saint Martin of Tours (Northeast Philadelphia, PA)
Summary of Allegations against Father Armand Garcia:
According to media reports, in March 2018, police executed a search warrant on the St. Martin of Tours parish rectory. The same day, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia removed Father Armand Garcia from his post at St. Martin of Tours, publicly stating only that the removal was related to the police investigation of “a report of alleged misconduct with a minor.”
In March 2019, police arrested Garcia and charged him with rape of a teenage girl. According to media reports, the abuse of the girl allegedly occurred at Immaculate Heart in Roxborough in August 2014. The girl was around 16 at the time. Police say he also recorded himself having sex with the girl. Some reports state that the abuse continued until Garcia was transferred from the parish in 2017.
A spokesperson for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia told reporters that it is the same allegation that led to the March 2018 search warrant, not a new allegation.
Garcia remains on leave from ministry. Until his arrest, he was residing in a private residence in Aston, Pennsylvania, according to the Archdiocese. He is now free on bond.
Anyone with information about Garcia’s alleged misconduct is encouraged to contact police investigators.
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