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Updated: Former corrections officer in court over sex assault charges
CALHOUN COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – A former Calhoun County corrections officer accused of sexually abusing teen boys is now facing a new charge of criminal sexual conduct.
26-year-old Troy Pope is now facing CSC charges in two separate cases. Pope was charged in February with soliciting a 15-year-old boy to allow him to perform a sex act on him.
The judge then ordered a charge of using a computer to commit a crime in addition to the CSC charge in that case. That came after the victim testified that Pope used a fake Facebook profile to connect with the boy.
On Friday another charge was added against Pope relating to a second victim. That alleged victim provided graphic testimony about how he was groped by Pope as he was being raped.
That testimony prompted the judge to add a charge of criminal sexual conduct in the fourth degree a felony that could put Pope behind bars for an additional two years. Pope is also facing a CSC in the third degree for a crime the victim says took place in February of 2004.
On Friday the alleged victim, who Newschannel 3 is not identifying, took the stand Friday. He described sleeping over at Troy Pope’s home for two nights when he was just fifteen. He says everything was normal until he woke up in the middle of the night.
“When you went to sleep did you have your clothes on?” asked the prosecutor.
“Yes,” said the alleged victim.
“When you woke up was there anything different about your clothes?” asked the prosecutor.
“They were still on,” said the alleged victim, “but umm . . . my pants were pulled down.”
The alleged victim went on to describe screaming and trying unsuccessfully to get away. He says he locked himself in a basement bathroom of the home for hours and was driven home the next morning by Pope, who he did not speak to during that car ride, or ever again.
Pope’s position as a corrections officer was terminated at the start of 2013. The sheriff tells Newschannel 3 that an internal investigation found that Pope never used his position at the sheriff’s office to lure his alleged victims.