A Roseboro man with a felony indecent liberties conviction on his record is facing more indecent liberties charges, along with sexual battery, stemming from alleged “inappropriate contact” with a teenage girl, according to Sampson County Sheriff’s officials.
Thomas Tilton Pope, 39, of 140 Barber Cooper Lane, Roseboro, was charged with two counts of indecent liberties with a child and sexual battery, both felony offenses. According to reports, he was served at the Sampson County Law Enforcement Center on Monday.
He was given a $10,000 unsecured bond and a court date of June 30.
“The victim reported to authorities that the suspect made inappropriate sexual contact with her,” said Sheriff’s Lt. Marcus Smith. “The victim was 13 years old at the time and was a non-family member. Investigators looked into the incident and established probable cause to charge the suspect with the listed charges.”
The alleged incident happened a year ago, Smith noted.
According to the N.C. Department of Public Safety, Pope has previous convictions dating back to 1995, when he was convicted in Sampson of simple assault, communicating threats and possession of a weapon on campus. He was put on probation. In 1997, he was convicted of several counts of misdemeanor breaking and entering and in 2003 of assault inflicting serious bodily injury and felony breaking and entering, given suspended sentences in both Sampson County cases. The probation in the 2003 case was revoked in 2004 and he served a little over a year in prison, according to NCDPS.
His latest conviction, in 2010, was on a felony charge of indecent liberties with a child, stemming from a 2008 incident. He was again given a suspended sentence, court records show.
Pope is listed in the N.C. Sex Offender Registry, a database available through NCDPS.
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