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Huntersville doctor expected to plead guilty to child-pornography charges

Dr. David Shope of Huntersville is expected to plead guilty in federal court next week to a child-pornography charge. He was arrested in 2015, accused of sharing explicit videos and photographs with undercover police.
Dr. David Shope of Huntersville is expected to plead guilty in federal court next week to a child-pornography charge. He was arrested in 2015, accused of sharing explicit videos and photographs with undercover police. Observer files

A Huntersville doctor accused of sharing explicit child-pornography videos and photographs with undercover police in 2015 is expected to plead guilty next week in federal court.

According to new court filings in the case, Dr. David Shope, a hematologist-oncologist, faces one count of transporting child-pornography photos and video. He is scheduled to be in court on July 13 for a plea hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge David Cayer.

According to documents, the videos and photographs involve children under the age of 12. As a result, the 43-year-old Shope faces up to 20 years in prison.

Federal court files say prosecutors and Shope have reached a plea agreement, which remained sealed Wednesday.

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Dr. David Shope of Huntersville is expected to plead guilty in federal court next week to a child-pornography charge. He was arrested in 2015, accused of sharing explicit videos and photographs with undercover police. Mecklenburg jail

“There has been a resolution in the case, and we’re looking forward to appearing in court and addressing the matter,” said Shope’s attorney, Ron Frey of Charlotte.

Shope was on staff at Southern Oncology Specialists in Huntersville at the time of his arrest on multiple child-pornography charges. He is no longer listed on the firm’s website.

Documents tied to the upcoming plea indicate that on at least three occasions in 2015, Shope shared multiple videos with an undercover CMPD detective. The videos included explicit sexual activity involving children as young as 3 with other children – and in some cases with adults.

When police raided Shope’s home in September 2015, Shope admitted an interest in child pornography that dated back several years, documents say.

A search of his computers revealed that Shope went on one chat room posing as a mother with a young daughter who was sexually interested in other females and daughters and solicited photos, documents say.

Michael Gordon: 704-358-5095, @MikeGordonOBS

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