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New details emerge about former corrections officer in court
BATTLE CREEK (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – We’re learning new details about the case of a former Calhoun County Corrections Officer, accused of soliciting teenage boys for sex.
A judge ordered 26 year old Troy Pope to stand trial for 3rd degree criminal sexual conduct, using a computer to commit a crime and accosting a minor for immoral purposes.
The first victim to come forward against Troy Pope Newschannel 3 will not identify, testified it was messages though a fake Facebook profile that connected him to the former Calhoun County corrections officer.
Prosecutor: “What did he ask you to perform on Facebook?”
Victim: “He asked me to perform various jobs, send him pictures…” the rest of the details are too graphic to publish.
They first came in contact according to the victim, at a gas station parking lot in Springfield Township.
The teen says they were sitting in Pope’s car and Troy Pope begged the then 15 year old to let him perform a sex act on him.
Prosecutor: “Did he pay you for that sexual act?”
Victim: “Yes, sir.”
Prosecutor: “How much did he pay you?”
Victim: “Sixty dollars even.”
A Michigan State Police Detective Sergeant testified they confronted Pope with the allegations inside the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office.
“He told us that he did pay him at the time for the sexual act,” said Det. Sgt. Michael Spring, Michigan State Police.
He told detectives he did not know at the time he was 15. Throughout the proceedings Pope showed his agitation. Sitting nearby, was a mother who says she came to hear what was happening because State Police believe her son may be another victim through Facebook.
“He posed as a young teenage girl,” said the woman.
She says her son and Pope exchanged photos that State Police showed her.
“There was one pic for sure that was cropped so I don’t have to see a naked pic. Why was he trying to obtain these pictures of young men? For what purpose?” asked the woman.
State Police did confirm to me they interviewed that woman who we chose not to identify, to protect the potential victim.
Pope was also supposed to appear in court Thursday, for a separate criminal sexual conduct case but it will be changed to a later date.