A white South Carolina DJ has been accused of trafficking Black girls, with some speculating the numbers could be in the hundreds.
Jason Roger Pope, also known as DJ KID, faced a judge earlier on Monday in a bond hearing in which he withdrew his request for the hearing. However, his lawyer noted they may file another one in the future.
Pope has been in behind bars since being arrested and charged in August for human trafficking and sex crimes. In a two span period starting in 2017, Pope allegedly forced four underaged girls, as young as 13, to perform sex acts at his home. One of his alleged victims, a 17-year-old girl, told police Pope gave her money, drugs and/or other items in exchange for sex, WMBF News reports.
He was arrested on 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 the prostitution of a minor and kidnapping.
But police records going back as far as 2011, show that Pope has been arrested for sexual misconduct with minors in the past, Fox 42 reports. A 2011 incident report indicates a 13-year-old accused Pope of having sex with her after a friend introduced them. He allegedly gave her marijuana and alcohol and she later found out he had AIDS, according to an incident report.
“I suspected a long time ago that things weren’t right over there because of who he had coming in and out,” a longtime neighbor of Pope’s told the Atlanta Black Star. “They looked like they were very young, underage maybe.”