AU leader Myron Pope arrested for soliciting prostitution

TUSCALOOSA, AL — Authorities have confirmed to Patch that University of Alabama Vice President of Student Life Myron Pope has been arrested and charged with soliciting prostitution, following an investigation by the West Alabama Human Trafficking Task Force.

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Pope, 50, was charged with the offense on Thursday evening. He was jailed in Tuscaloosa County Jail and later released after his bail was set at $1,000.

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No officers from the University of Alabama Police Department were involved in the arrest made by the multi-agency unit.

Pope is a native of Sweet Water and was a member of the Alabama Crimson Tide national football team in 1992. Upon graduation, he would become a member of UA’s administrative staff, serving as Director of Programs recruitment/alternative certification from 1997 to 2000 and clinical assistant professor in the higher education administrative program.

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Pope would later spend much of his career teaching in Oklahoma, working in student affairs and enrollment management at the University of Central Oklahoma. This included 14 years in vice-presidential roles.

He was appointed to the position of Vice President of Student Life in February 2020.

This is a developing story. Tuscaloosa Patch will have more information as it becomes available.

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