Coeburn pastor charged with indecent exposure at Kingsport's Riverfront Park restrooms

Rain Smith • Apr 9, 2009 at 12:00 AM

KINGSPORT — The pastor of a church in Coeburn was arrested Wednesday after allegedly exposing himself to an undercover Kingsport police officer.

Kingsport Police Department vice detectives arrested John Franklin McCarroll, 65, 2306 E. First Ave., Big Stone Gap. The arrest occurred during an undercover investigation into lewd and lascivious acts at the public restrooms at Riverfront Park on Netherland Inn Road.

According to statements from the detectives, McCarroll allegedly exposed himself through a hole between two stalls.

The Web site for Trinity Life Center, 9829 Norton-Coeburn Road, Coeburn, lists McCarroll as pastor of the church. The Times-News called church deacon Gary Bush, who issued no comment to all queries.

McCarroll’s wife, Martha, was reached by telephone at their Big Stone Gap home.

“The stuff you’re hearing isn’t true,” she said.

Married for 41 years, she added, “You couldn’t ask for a finer man in this whole wide world, and he was just a victim of circumstances.”

During the past few years, Kingsport police have conducted numerous undercover investigations into illegal sexual activities in Riverfront Park’s restrooms. Two men were arrested in October for allegedly exposing themselves, while a third was accused of proposing sexual acts.

Times-News staff writer Kacie Dingus Breeding contributed to this report.

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