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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - Federal charges keep piling up against Loren Copp. Last week the feds brought child porn charges against the south St. Louis man. Copp, who was once a pastor, is in more serious legal trouble.

Copp operated Dojo Pizza is facing five new counts involving five different girls. The new counts involve producing explicit images of those five girls.

Reaction in the neighborhood, the 4600 block of Morganford, is mixed. Some people say before the charges Copp seemed like a positive force in the neighborhood, trying to help crack down on crime and make the area safer. They wonder now if they were fooled by him. Other people want him punished and put in prison if convicted.

Prosecutors said investigators discovered child porn on digital media after a search of the building last year. If convicted, Copp faces 30 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.

Local police, FBI, Homeland Security, and animal control authorities raided the business in November 2015, carrying several items from the building. The month prior, St. Louis police responded to the same address in response to calls that Copp was contributing to the delinquency of a minor and endangering the welfare of a child. That case was turned over to the St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office.

At the time, Copp said he was not involved in human trafficking.

"I have not been charged with anything along those lines," he said.

Copp said he lived in the building with his own kids and was told he had to close his business down because the structure was not up to code. Meanwhile, he said the incident regarding child endangerment involved a firearm in his bedroom.

According to our partners at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Copp has a past filled with lawsuits, bankruptcy, and allegations of fraud.