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ST. LOUIS COUNTY - The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's Office charged a 50-year-old family doctor Tuesday on allegations of sodomy, incest, and possession of child pornography.

According to Officer Brian Schellman, spokesman for the St. Louis County Police Department, an investigation by the county's Bureau of Crimes Against Persons discovered Craig Pope had possessed and distributed child pornography.

While delving further into their investigation, police uncovered Pope had been engaged in sexual contact with several people under the age of 16, most of them family members. These incidents occurred between 1986 and 2014.

And while no other victims have come forward, authorities are asking anyone who may have been victimized by Craig Pope to contact the St. Louis County Police Department at 314-889-2341.

In 2006 child abuse investigators said Dr. Craig Pope sexually abused a 16-year-old girl.
In a 2010 I-team investigation he called it a misunderstanding.

Investigators say Pope stayed on their radar after the previous incident, but it wasn't until now that they had the evidence they need.

"I mean it was a false allegation that's been retracted under very difficult circumstances," said Pope.

St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCoulloch says he was not charged then because simply, there wasn't enough evidence.

"It's tragic and it's very depressing and unfortunately from our experience we know what it takes to be able to prove a case in court," said McCoulloch.

Dr. Pope continued to practice medicine at High Ridge's Dillon Plaza Family Medicine Group, until Tuesday, when he was fired.

At present, Pope has been terminated from his position at High Ridge

Editor's note: A previous version of this story erroneously referred to him as a pediatrician.

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