A former pastor and pizza shop owner in St. Louis, Missouri, has been sentenced in a federal child sex crimes case, KMOV-TV reports.
Loren Copp, who was a former pastor and the owner of Dojo Pizza in St. Louis, was sentenced to 65 years in prison by U.S. Judge Audrey Fleissig.
In addition, Fleissi also ordered him to pay $294,000 in restitution. Copp had been found guilty in 2018 on eight separate counts of sex crimes including producing and possession of child pornography over a six-year period.
Fleissi had rejected a plea deal that would have put him in jail for 15 years.
According to prosecutors, several underage girls lived at Dojo Pizza, located in St. Louis. Copp either had sole custody or care of the girls because their parents were incarcerated or homeless.
Copp was accused of grooming, sexually abusing, and raping two of the young girls who had been in his custody since 2009. He also forced them to work in his pizza shop.