Jason Pope, the South Carolina DJ at the center of an extensive human trafficking case, is facing several new charges related to his alleged crimes.
Pope, 42, was hit with six new charges including an additional four counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor (aged 11 to 14) and two counts of trafficking in persons, Florence County Detention Center booking records show.
The local disc jokey, also known as “DJ Kid,” was arrested in late August and charged with multiple counts of trafficking in persons, first-degree criminal sexual conduct, second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor and kidnapping. Authorities accuse Pope of luring teen girls via social media, asking them to hand out his flyers and paying them for sex.
He’s also accused of promoting the prostitution of a minor.
According to arrest warrants, Pope allegedly recruited an underage girl through social media explicitly for commercial sex acts back in July. He confined the victim to a room at a home in Darlington, investigators said, and compelled her to perform sex acts “with intent to extort and threaten the victim” to continue having sex with him for money and other items of value.
Pope has had over a dozen prior run-ins with the law, some of which date back to December 2011. One of the earliest allegations against the DJ came that year when a 13-year-old girl told police she had unprotected sex with Pope and later claimed she learned he had the HIV/AIDS virus.
The girl, who was introduced to the party promoter by a friend, said Pope gave her drugs and alcohol so she would have sex with him, according to police documents obtained by local station WBMF.
In a similar case, another victim accused Pope, 42, of paying her for sex and later blackmailing her for more sexual favors. She acknowledged that while most of the sex was consensual, she believed the local DJ, who’s accused of having sex with several juveniles, had “brainwashed and took advantage of her.”
Photos posted to the suspect’s Facebook page, which remains active, show Pope posing and partying with mostly young African-American women in an album titled “DJ KID (PARTIES & GIRLS — Part 1).” In one of the images, he’s seen grabbing a young woman by the buttocks as she straddles him in her underwear.
In another, Pope tongue kisses a topless young woman on a bed, while a separate picture shows him pulling another girl’s pants down, exposing her thong.
According to a Facebook screenshot, the DJ reportedly once bragged that “I’m 36 with 693 BODIES (All Black females), WBU?”
Authorities believe there could be several other victims out there and are seeking the public’s help in locating those who might be connected to the human trafficking case in Florence. They’re urging anyone with additional information to contact the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) at 866-472-8477.
Pope remains held at the Florence County Detention Center on no bond.