Owner of Dojo Pizza accused of making child porn - KMOV.com

Owner of Dojo Pizza accused of making child porn

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Dojo Pizza owner Loren Copp is accused of making child porn. Credit: KMOV Dojo Pizza owner Loren Copp is accused of making child porn. Credit: KMOV
SOUTH ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -

The owner of Dojo Pizza in south St. Louis is facing federal charges for allegedly creating child pornography.

Loren Copp is charged with production of child pornography over a six-year period. He is expected to appear in federal court Friday.

According to prosecutors, several underage girls lived at Dojo Pizza, which is located on Morganford in the Bevo Mill neighborhood. Copp either had sole custody or care of the girls because their parents were incarcerated or homeless, authorities said.

Copp allegedly forced the girls to work at the pizza shop and did not pay them appropriately or provide consistent food. He is also accused of threatening to kick the girls out when they didn’t work, which would leave them homeless.

Prosecutors believe Copp inappropriately touched the victims. He is also accused of making the girls sleep in beds with bed bugs. The girls reportedly contracted lice while under Copp’s care. Prosecutors allege Copp did not allow them to seek medical treatment.

Police and the FBI raided Dojo Pizza in November and December 2015 and said they found images of child pornography on a hard drive. One victim told authorities she performed a sex act with Copp when she was 12-years-old.

At the same time authorities were investigating the alleged child pornography they were also investigating an alleged human trafficking ring.

When Copp spoke with News 4 in February he denied all the allegations.

“I sit here four months later trying to figure out how to get the girls back out, trying to figure out a way to get back out in the community and work with them because I haven’t human trafficked nobody,” he said.

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