Family doctor charged with incest, sodomy, child porn

Posted on: 11:07 am, February 12, 2014, by , updated on: 11:06am, February 12, 2014

CLAYTON, MO (KTVI) – A popular family doctor with a practice in High Ridge is now jailed, charged with possession of child pornography and a numerous sexual assaults against members of his own family.

Police say Dr. Craig Pope was initially discovered when internet child pornography was traced to computers in his Kirkwood home and his High Ridge office.

Investigators tell us when he was questioned about the pornography, images and videos of children being raped, the conversation turned to abuse.  That’s when police say they established a pattern of sodomy and incest against four victims in Pope’s family that dates back to 1986.

In 2006, there was an investigation into Pope after a family member called an abuse hotline saying she’d been molested.  Prosecutors say at the time there was not enough evidence to convict Pope, and he was not charged.

Kirkwood police, who investigated the case, say family members were reluctant to testify against Pope.

That didn’t stop the Missouri Department of Social Service’s Child Abuse and Neglect Board from ruling civilly that Pope had molested the child in question. Court documents from that group indicated that Pope’s wife was aware of abuse, and had even been instructed to keep him and the children separated.  Pope sued that group in 2009 to have the finding removed.  He and his wife remain married according to police.

Prosecutors concede it is frustrating they couldn’t make the case then.

“It’s not just frustrating. It’s really tragic,” St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCullough said.  “There are a number of cases out there, situations, not just sex cases, where we’d like to file the charges but we know there’s no evidentiary basis for the charge to be filed.  And that’s very frustrating, it’s depressing at times, and we know the victims go through an awful lot.”

Det. Sgt. Adam Kavanaugh of the St. Louis County police is the investigator in the current case.  He says this sometimes comes with the territory.

“We run into cases all the time that we wish there was more evidence to do something at that time as opposed to let it go on.”

At the Dillon Plaza Family Medicine Group, the woman answering the door refused to comment, beyond saying that Pope had been fired.

Outside, a patient of Pope’s, Chris White, was stunned by what he was hearing.

“I was pretty well shocked.  I didn’t know he’d be a person that does that thing.  And I thought he was a pretty good doctor. Now I figure maybe I’ll go find a different doctor that can take care of me.”

Pope is being held on $1 million bond on a total of sixteen charges related to incest, molestation of four female victims, and possession of child pornography.

St. Louis County Police say no other victims have come forward at this time but ask that anyone who may be a victim of Pope to come forward by calling police at 314-889-2341.

47 comments

  • RBN says:

    Why can’t we terminate people like this. no he’ll get a few years maybe and then go free – yet a victimless crime of having weed will get you years in prison. Strange priorities.

    • Tara Branch says:

      @ RBN, I agree…..and @ Mary Bee, not sure how that had anything to do with is crimes, but you are correct too.

  • MaryBee says:

    Those are ridiculous comments, imho. but more importantly, just shows that we have since medical practice began put doctors on pedestals they do NOT deserve. They seem to think those few extra yrs of college made them ever so much more brilliant and knowing than the rest of us could ever hope to be. They are just humans and therefore fallible. Some of us have to be going to the other-than-A med students. And doctors have given us WRONG information as long as they’ve been around … even modern medicine changes its mind every year or so about what’s good, what’s right, what causes what, etc. When the cigarette smokers dwindle in US, then who will be possibly blame cancer on? (could be the hundreds of thousands of Untested chemicals in our environment, food, medicines, cosmetcis – everything?) They no longer drill holes in our heads to let out the “bad humours”, but wouldn’t mind seeing one put in this rat’s.

  • Brian Schmitz says:

    hang his a** is what i say if he did this to his family, family is everything

  • Henry mathers says:

    Those will be the only doctors when obamacare makes the good ones leave

  • Henry mathers says:

    Obamacare doctor

  • C. Marie says:

    I think I’m going to be sick. He treated, me my mom and my children. I stopped going when he stopped being a provider for my insurance company about 5 years go.

  • Rhonda says:

    Makes me sick, especially since I was one of his patients! Can I get a refund for all the co-pays I paid this sicko??

  • How could this have gone on for so long before he was caught, oh yeah, his sick wife supported it!

    • shadow says:

      yeah! his wife needs to be treated the same way! she knew about it and allowed it to happen and continue to happen. she is as guilty as he is just in a different context. but no – no prison – hanging. send him to Texas!

    • Jester says:

      Easy to blame someone when you don’t know the situation. Darline, Just wait until your husband is accused of molesting kids and watch the brainless masses call for your head as well. My guess is she was devastated and didn’t know what to do. Didn’t want to believe it but was trying to hold her family together. Just sad all around and I feel bad for all those hurt by his choices.

  • Goldie Forrester says:

    The ONLY way this will STOP is if people take a STAND and CHANGE the laws!!!! The laws are nill to none in the State of Missouri for sexual abuse…victims of abuse need to speak up take a stand and FIGHT back!!! On THIS NOVEMBERS BALLOT there will be a proposed Missouri amendment change call HJR16 I am begging everyone out there to VOTE…make a change…this change will allow prosecutors and law enforcement to stop these SICK PREDATORS from hurting our children!!!!

  • FEW CONVICTIONS

    More than 7,000 Missouri children were interviewed about alleged abuse last year at forensic centers statewide. Yet, only about 20 percent of those cases resulted in criminal charges, while about 10 percent were prosecuted, according to a survey of the centers.

    Total Missouri children interviewed by therapists and or police to determine if child abuse occurred: 7,388

    Of those, children interviewed for alleged child sexual assault: 5,835

    Resulting criminal charges: 1,437

    Cases leading to prosecution: 853

    Prosecuted cases yet to be resolved: 466

    Cases resulting in pleas: 275

    Acquittals: 20

    Convictions: 92

    Source: Missouri Kids First.

    Note: Some 2012 cases may yet result in criminal charges.

  • khearod says:

    This doctor has a history of sexual abuse. First reported in 1986, then 2004 and later in 2006. Now it’s 2014 and new reports have surfaced. Calculate the time. 1986-2014 That is a total of 28 years. 28 years of incest, raping, sodomizing and making child pornography. “The Body Book” deals with the issue. We can save our babies…

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  • Bill says:

    He’s a Mormon. I know this as a fact.

    • friend says:

      Actually he’s not. You obviously know nothing about him. Judge not lest ye be judged buddy. Besides religion has nothing to do with how wayward a person can become.

      • Mary says:

        What, so if you aren’t religious you are more inclined to do something this disgusting? That is crazy logic. I’m an agnostic and there is no way I find anything about this acceptable. I have met more freaks who are way over the edge religiously than not. And he is Mormon, but as I recall he was excommunicated from the Mormon church. Maybe he should have stayed in Utah. He may have been able to fly under the radar a little easier. You know, multiple wives and forcing very young girls into marriage? Doesn’t fly so well here in Missouri. My husband and I know him personally and never saw this one coming. I was pretty shocked when my sister-in-law sent me a text asking had I heard.

  • sarah m says:

    Just to make it clear….I saw Dr Pope when I was 16 and that was in 2005/2006, so he was in the practice, in the same building then. So maube even longer idk but then…yes.

  • Jen says:

    No Bill he’s not. His family is. He was ex-communicated long ago.

  • Sally says:

    He has been my doctor since 2005 or 2006 and I thought he was a good doctor. He was down to earth, he did not over perscribe medicines and he did not push you out the door the moment you walked into his office. Unfortunately his personal life is not at all what I expected it to be. Very sad and scarry. I trusted him and I am thankful that my children did not see him but he did take care of me as far as my medical needs were concerned.

  • Mel says:

    He is a good doctor. His personal life did not interfere with his medical knowledge. I am sorry about this, makes me very sad and very sick. It is a shame he or someone could not have gotten him to seek therapy. Also, we have to remember that a lot of the things they say people do get blown out of proportion. We all should realize that. I am not saying he is innocent or condoning what he did. He seemed a very nice person and good and caring doctor.

    • Mary says:

      Not really sure there is any therapy that would work for this. Some say it is an illness, but I just think it is evil. To prey on your own children in this manner is just pure evil. He was our physician as well and he is a very highly intelligent man, but not smart enough to stop what he was doing while he was still ahead. I know that if I were a molester I would not be viewing child porn online. I mean, he had to know he was being monitored. Or maybe he just thought he was above getting caught?

  • Joseph Blow says:

    Mary Bee – plesae tell us that you don’t go to medical doctors! Maybe you are more comfortable with Nurse Practitioners or Chiropractors?

  • ella says:

    Why has this gone away, with no updates since the initial report.

  • Anonymous says:

    The sickest, saddest part of this whole story (aside for it taking THIS long to catch this perv) is that his wife was aware, yet didn’t come foreward all this time? She’s just as guilty as he is if you ask me. Religion does funny things to people, which I’m assuming is the reason she is STILL married to him. Sad, but glad they caught him.

  • Justice Coming says:

    Hang ‘em high.

  • Sickened says:

    We left this practice 3 weeks before this story came out. We were unhappy with some of the office practices and they had turned the place into a Money Hoarding Machine. I was charged an EXTRA 50.00 dollar office fee (plus the Co-Pay) for being seen “Same day” I was sick.. what’s the point of not being able to see your dr. when you’re sick?!
    The “Blood Lab” they added to the office wasn’t covered by our insurance (we were never told) and they charged us almost 2500.00 in blood work that would have cost us about 48.00 bucks in a covered lab.
    An incorrect prescription was called in by office staff to our mail order company and delivered (Thus- un-returnable) and they didn’t want to pay for it!! We fought them on all issues- and WON, but finally left. Thank God- I pity the patients who will undoubtly have issues trying to retrieve their Medical Records from that dysfunctional place. I hope he feels as ashamed as he looks in his Mug Shot. Video of young children being RAPED?!?! F-ing your own Daughters? (He has 4) Yea, you’re right where you belong “Doctor”..

    • Trisha says:

      He has been my doctor for the last seven years, I always thought he was real laid-back and personable. I was devastated when the news came out! Hi called his office to inquire about getting my medical records, I was told it was $123.00 and then $.50 a page, if you get another family practice doctor they can get access to them immediately! I met his wife several years back when she became his office manager, I cannot believe that she would not protect her children! Very very very sad!

  • kraftig says:

    I’m not catholic, but I don’t think his name or religion has anything to do with being a child molester.

  • RBN Now I dont care who you are, thats just funny!!!! Pope.. ha ha ha

  • Dawn Elkins says:

    you cant blame a religion on any preditor; preditors seek out jobs that put them in a position to make it easy to get to their prey; they work at schools, churches and anywhere else they can get their hands on what they want.

  • Seriously you think the last name indicates what religion he is….Dumb a–…What kind of stupid are you?

  • waytopromotegodslove says:

    What does religion have to do with anything? How are you so sure he’s an atheist? And do you have any idea how badly that comment reflects on your person relationship with your God? I definitely believe this man is horrible and doesn’t deserve to see the sun again, but theres no reason to be dumb.

  • Bill says:

    He’s Mormon.

  • Joel says:

    Another religious raper… so, shocked!

  • friend says:

    Actually it’s because he chose not to be religious that causes this type of thing. Prayers are with his family!!!!

  • Nancy says:

    We’ll then what excuse do you use for the catholic priests who molest children? That is such an idiotic statement. As an agnostic I’ve never harmed another human being, especially a child. Religious fanatics are all the same. God saves everyone. How about there are just some messed up people in this world, regardless of their religious beliefs?

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