Franklin Police searching for man who allegedly sexually assaulted teen at movie theater

New surveillance video shows the man walking into the restroom, where the alleged assault took place.
Photo of the man who allegedly assaulted a young teen at a Franklin movie theater
Photo of the man who allegedly assaulted a young teen at a Franklin movie theater(Franklin Police Department)
Published: May. 26, 2023 at 10:24 PM CDT|Updated: May. 28, 2023 at 2:03 PM CDT
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FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WSMV) - Officials are searching for a man who was accused of sexually assaulting a teenage boy in the restroom of a Franklin movie theatre.

On Friday evening, Franklin Police reported this alleged assault happened in Cool Springs. Police said they were working to identify the suspect.

On Saturday, Franklin city officials released new information that the assault was sexual in nature.

Police said a 14-year-old boy was groped in the men’s restroom at the AMC Thoroughbred 20. The suspect first approached the teen and his friends in line at the concession stand where he allegedly engaged in small talk and later followed them into the theater.

When the victim got up to go to the bathroom, the suspect followed him in, according to police. A short time later, the suspect allegedly groped the teen. Officials say after the assault, the teen ran from the restroom and back to his friends. The suspect also left the cinema.

The suspect is a black male wearing a pink shirt. Officials said he had a goatee, and his hair was in braids.

If anyone knows who the suspect is, they are urged to call the Franklin Police Department at (615) 794-2513.