Philadelphia Filipino priest charged with teen rape, recording sexual acts

PHILADELPHIA — A Filipino Catholic priest has been charged with raping a teen girl and recording their sexual encounter that occurred five years ago.

49-year-old Reverend Armand Garcia turned himself in Monday, and later posted 10 percent of his $250,000 dollar bail.

Garcia’s lawyer, William Brennan, confirms Garcia was arraigned on charges of rape, recording of a sex act, and corruption of minors.

According to court filings, the count of rape stems from an alleged incident in August 2014.

Garcia’s accuser, believed to be an altar girl, came forward after he was transferred to a new parish in 2017.

Reports say Garcia served as a regional representative for the National Association of Filipino Priests.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 14.

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