Police arrest lecturer over prostitution
The University of Alabama (UA), U.S. has confirmed the Police arrest of its Vice President of Student Life, Myron Pope, over alleged soliciting prostitution.
The UA President, Stuart R. Bell, who disclosed this in an email over the weekend, also said that Myron Pope, 50, has resigned from the university.
His words: “I have difficult news to share today. Vice President of Student Life Myron Pope has resigned from the university following his recent arrest. We understand this news will be difficult for our community.
“I will appoint an interim vice president of student life and that person, along with the many professionals in the division, will remain available to all of us. Please continue to take care of yourselves and one another.”
The Tuscaloosa News reported that the UA vice president of Student Life resigned after he was arrested Thursday on a charge of soliciting prostitution.
Pope was booked into the Tuscaloosa County Jail and released after posting a $1,000 bond for the misdemeanor charge, according to the Tuscaloosa Police Department.
Pope was arrested by members of the West Alabama Human Trafficking Task Force, according to Stephanie Taylor, a TPD spokeswoman. She said officers who are not employed by UA were involved in his arrest.
A native of Sweet Water, Pope played for coach Gene Stallings as a walk-on tight end/linebacker on the UA football team that beat Miami in the Sugar Bowl after the 1992 season.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts in history at UA, along with a Master of Arts and a Doctor of Education in higher education administration.
He served as UA’s director of recruitment programmes/alternative certification from 1997 to 2000 and as a clinical assistant professor in the higher education administrative programme at UA.
Pope was named UA’s vice president of student life in May 2020. The Division of Student Life provides support for students through a variety of programmes including health and recreation, career counseling resources, the student centre, student media, residential communities and other resources.