Myron Pope, the University of Alabama's Vice President for Student Life, was arrested in Tuscaloosa this week and charged with solicitation of prostitution, police confirmed Friday afternoon.

A spokesperson for the Tuscaloosa Police Department said members of the West Alabama Human Trafficking Trafficking Task Force arrested Pope Thursday during an operation they were running in the city.

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The TPD official said Pope was only charged with the misdemeanor of solicitation of prostitution and his bond was set at $1,000. Pope is no longer listed as an inmate in the Tuscaloosa County Jail and may have bonded out.

Pope, who is 50, was named VP of Student Life in February 2020.

He earned three degrees from the University of Alabama and was a walk-on member of the National Championship-winning Alabama Football team in 1992.

UPDATE: Pope has resigned from his position at the University following the arrest.

"I have difficult news to share today," UA President Stuart Bell wrote in an email. "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."

Bell said he will name an interim Vice President for Student Life as soon as possible.

This is a developing story -- stay connected to the Tuscaloosa Thread for more updates as they become available.

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