Pastor Arrested On Child Sex Charges

Police Say Church Leader Had Sexual Relationship With Teen

A Johnson County pastor was arrested Friday, accused of having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl.

Daniel Moore, 49, pastor of the New Whiteland Baptist Church, was preliminarily charged with two counts of sexual misconduct with a minor and one count of child solicitation, 6News' Ben Morriston reported.

Franklin police had been investigating Moore since late last month when they received a tip that Moore had engaged in "suspicious behavior" with a 15-year-old female church member, according to a news release from the Franklin Police Department.

"I believe a lot of it was uncovered by finding notes and text messages in the young girl's bedroom," said Johnson County Prosecutor Brad Cooper. "I think there was some resistance by the victim to start with to report this, but I believe the persistence of parents had the young girl making this report to the police."

Police said Moore provided a cell phone to the girl in an attempt to keep the relationship under wraps.

According to the probable cause affidavit, the sexual encounters took place at Moore's home and at the girl's home in Franklin, but not at the church.

Still, neighbors said they're concerned about the situation.

"I think it's really scary to live across the street from a church with a reverend there that's doing anything like that," one woman said.

Police said the alleged relationship began in January and went on through the end of March.