Former pizzeria owner gets 65 years for child porn

December 27, 2019 GMT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The former owner of a St. Louis pizzeria has been sentenced to 65 years in prison for producing and possessing child pornography and coercing a minor into sexual activity.

Loren Copp was convicted last year of eight counts of child sexual exploitation and enticement involving four victims. He was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court.

Federal prosecutors say Copp groomed and sexually abused two minor females who had been in his custody over the course of several years, and recorded sex acts with a cell phone or video recorder. Prosecutors say Copp also convinced others to send him explicit photos.

In addition to operating the pizza restaurant, Copp is a former pastor and karate instructor.