White DJ Accused of Trafficking and Sex Crimes Against Black Girls
|thenorthstar||Oct 22, 2019|
Awhite DJ in South Carolina faces allegations that he trafficked hundreds of Black girls and committed sex crimes.
Jason Roger Pope was charged with three counts of trafficking in persons, three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, and one count each of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor, promoting prostitution of a minor, and kidnapping. The 42-year-old appeared in court on October 14 in a bond hearing, where he withdrew his request for the hearing, Essence reported.
Pope has been jailed at the Florence County Detention Center since his arrest on August 29. He was denied bond. Recently released arrest warrants claim that between July 2017 and July 2019, Pope forced four minors to perform sexual acts for money at a Florence County home. Pope also allegedly engaged in sexual acts with the four girls, WMBF reported.
Arrest warrants claim Pope forced a 16-year-old, identified as J.H., to engage in commercial sexual acts between September 27, 2017 and December 13, 2017. Pope allegedly threatened J.H. to perform sexual acts for money and other valuables, authorities said.
Pope is further accused of sexually assaulting another 16-year-old, identified as A.B., starting on July 1, 2018. According to arrest warrants cited by WMBF, Pope paid the victim for sex acts. On around July 7, 2019, Pope reportedly sexually assaulted a 14-year-old, identified as S.M., and paid the victim for sex acts.
Authorities learned through social media between July 1 and July 30 that Pope solicited a 17-year-old, identified as T.C. Pope allegedly solicited T.C. for commercial sex acts and gave the victim money and other things of value.
In response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by ABC 15, the Florence County Sheriff’s Office provided information about Pope’s involvement dating back to December 2011. Pope appeared as the suspect in nine of the incidents and the complainant in four. Pope was listed as a third party in an additional incident.
Of the nine reports where Pope was listed as a suspect, five of the incidents were sex-related, KPTM reported. One of the reports, which was filed on Christmas Eve 2011, involved Pope sending an adult woman pornographic texts. Four of those sex-related incidents involved underaged girls.
In one of those reports, two girls aged 13 and 16 reportedly walked into a hospital on December 4, 2011 and claimed they had unprotected sex with Pope. The victims told authorities that the then-34-year-old had given them money and marijuana in exchange for sex. KPTM reported that an investigator was called to the scene but additional information was not available.
Another case occurred six years later on December 13, 2017. Authorities filed a report after a 16-year-old girl called police and threatened to kill herself. The girl told officers that Pope had paid her for sex and blackmailed her to perform other sex acts. She said that she had cut off contact with Pope for two weeks, but that he had spread information about her on social media, KPTM reported.
The unidentified 16-year-old also claimed that Pope recruited teenage girls by handing out flyers that promoted his DJ work. He allegedly paid 15- and 16-year-old girls for sex and then filmed them.
A mother in Florence County contacted police six months later and alleged that Pope was luring young girls on Facebook and Snapchat. The DJ was reportedly communicating with the woman’s 15-year-old daughter.
Days later, a female member of Pope’s family reached out to deputies and claimed he was paying minors to have sex and posting it on social media. The family member said it had been happening “for a long period of time” but had gotten worse.
The family member, who claimed Pope sent her explicit messages and touched her buttocks, said she knew some of Pope’s alleged victims. She said her friends harassed her about Pope’s actions and that she contemplated suicide.
An investigator reportedly wrote that two other family members could be considered victims of Pope. The man allegedly “posted videos and pictures of obscene materials for… minors to view,” KPTM reported. The two family members were connected to Pope on social media.
Pope previously faced charges of sexual acts with minors. According to KPTM, Pope was convicted in 1996 of promoting prostitution with a minor, but the sentence was suspended.
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Nicole Rojas is a breaking news writer for The North Star. She has published in various publications, including Newsweek, GlobalPost, IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly, and the Long Island Post. Nicole graduated from Boston University in 2012 with a degree in print journalism. She is an avid world traveler who recently explored Asia and Australia.