SOUTHBRIDGE - An investigation into a relationship between a 14-year-old child and an adult male that began in October led to the arrest of a Connecticut man on Monday, November 22.
Officers arrived at a Southbridge home on October 27 where a woman reported she believed her 14-year-old daughter had communication with an older man through Snapchat and other social media platforms. According to the mother, she learned this information from a teacher who heard of the situation through other students.
According to the Southbridge Police Department, the detective assigned to the case determined the girl communicated with Brian Pope, 35, of Plainfield, Connecticut, over several months and sexual conversations and explicit photographs eventually led to the rape of a child.
The investigation led to a warrant for Pope’s arrest for three counts of two counts of rape of a child with an age difference of 10 or more years and with 3 counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14.
Mohegan Tribal Police arrested Pope at Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut, on Tuesday, November 16.
After being transported to Massachusetts, Pope faced arraignment in Dudley District Court on Monday, November 22. The judge ordered Pope held on $5,000 cash bail.