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Nashville Man Charged With Civil Rights Violations For Series Of Church Arsons

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Tennessee

NASHVILLE – A Nashville man was charged today with civil rights violations for his role in the arson of four Nashville area churches, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Mary Jane Stewart for the Middle District of Tennessee and Assistant Attorney General Kristen M. Clarke of the Civil Rights Division. 

Alan Douglas Fox, 28, was charged by criminal Information with setting fire to the Crievewood United Methodist Church on June 17, 2019; the Crievewood Baptist Church on June 25, 2019; the Saint Ignatius of Antioch Catholic Church on June 25, 2019; and the Priest Lake Community Baptist Church on June 26, 2019.  Fox is also charged with carrying and using a firearm during the arson of the Crievewood Baptist Church.

The Information alleges that Fox intentionally set the fires because of the religious character of the churches.

If convicted, Fox faces up to 20 years in prison for each fire, and a consecutive five-year sentence for the firearms violation.

This case was investigated by the FBI, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, and the Nashville Fire Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Sara Beth Myers and Trial Attorney Kyle Boynton of the Department’s Civil Rights Division are prosecuting the case. 

The charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

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David Boling
Public Affairs Officer

Updated August 24, 2021

Civil Rights