ST. LOUIS (KTVI) -- A judge convicted the former pastor and owner of a south St. Louis martial arts studio and pizzeria on multiple counts of sex crimes against girls.
Loren Copp, 49, was accused of producing and possessing child pornography and using interstate facilities to coerce a minor to engage in sexual acts — nine counts in all. He was convicted on all counts except the use of interstate facilities charge.
Dojo Pizza was a combination restaurant and martial arts studio that operated as a non-profit to support free karate classes.
According to investigators, Copp groomed two girls at his business and then sexually abused them multiple times per week. Copp also took pictures of his victims while he raped them. This had been going on since 2009.
Police responded to Dojo Pizza on Morganford Avenue in the fall of 2015 in response to calls Copp was contributing to the delinquency of a minor and endangering the welfare of a child. At the time, Copp told Fox 2 police said his building was not up to code and he had an unlocked handgun which endangered his children's lives.
Dojo Pizza was raided the following month after a third young girl came forward to accuse Copp. Police found child pornography on Copp's computers during the raid.
During the trial, prosecutors said Copp used fake Facebook and email accounts to communicate with his victims.
Prosecutors connected Copp to four victims during the trial.
Copp represented himself in the 10-day bench trial, which ended in April. Copp had been in jail since then awaiting the judge's decision.
Copp faces between 15 years and life in prison when he's sentenced April 5, 2019.