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Police Arrest Mooresville Man for Sex Crimes Against Children 


MOORESVILLE, NC – The Mooresville Police Department (MPD) recently received information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children concerning an individual in Mooresville possibly being involved with child pornography. Based on the information, MPD Detectives—members of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force—began an investigation. 

On Thursday, February 9, 2023, Detectives were able to obtain and execute a search warrant on the suspect’s apartment at 550 E. Statesville Avenue. During the search, detectives seized numerous pieces of evidence that linked the suspect to possessing and distributing child pornography. The investigation is ongoing, and further examination of evidence seized may lead to additional charges being filed against the suspect. 

Janson Robert Pope, 28, of Mooresville was charged with 13 counts of (F) Second-degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor and 13 counts of (F) Third-degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor. Pope was arrested and placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $360,000 secured bond.

The Mooresville Police Department would like to thank the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation for their assistance in this case.