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Overton County Coach Arrested On Child Sex Charges

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by Janet Kim

COLUMBIA, Tenn. - A mid-state softball coach was arrested and facing serious allegations after investigators said he was sending inappropriate text messages to a minor.

"We're encouraging our church family to pray for Patrick and his family as they deal with a very shocking situation," said The First Family First Baptist Church Associate Pastor Hank Garner.

Overton County charged traveling coach Patrick Johnson with solicitation of a minor and attempted statutory rape by an authority figure after a six week investigation.

Investigators said he was sending inappropriate text messages to who he thought was a 13-year old girl-- that is until her parents and investigators intervened.

Not only was Johnson a coach, but he also taught Sunday School at The First Family First Baptist Church in Columbia.

Church officials said they have no reason to believe he acted inappropriately during his time serving. He ended his service in June of this year, but several law enforcement agencies are working together to determine if there are any other victims.

"If anyone has any information on this, go ahead and come forward," said Columbia Police Lt. Joey Gideon. "We'll be happy to look at it to see if there was a crime that occurred. There might be some people out there not realizing that a crime occurred."

Prior to his arrest, Johnson's wife Bridgett filed an order of protection against her husband. According to court documents, she said she feared for her and her young daughters' safety.

Johnson had no prior criminal history.

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