Charges dropped for now in case of Chesapeake sheriff's deputy accused of child sex crimes

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on November 22, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 8 at 4:02 PM

4/8 UPDATE: Charges were nolle prossed at a hearing Monday, April 7, in Virginia Beach Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.
The Commonwealth elected not to proceed with the charges against Pitman after consultation with the victims and the investigators, said spokeswoman Macie Pridgen.

11/22/13 10:30 a.m. UPDATE: The judge granted a $15,000 bond with conditions that Pitman has pre-trial supervision and no contact with children under age 12 or the alleged victims.
The prosecutor said Pitman was 12 and 13 years old at the time and was a babysitter for a friend. Authorities said he was watching younger children and allegedly forced them to fondle him and commit oral sodomy.  

Robert Pitman testified his son is a gentle, kind, sensitive and wise person and is always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone; his mother, Catherine Austin, said her son was an ideal child, a gentle soul with very good character.

11/21 UPDATE: Pitman faced video arraignment at 11:00 a.m. Thursday and has a bond hearing at 9:00 a.m. Friday, Commonwealth's Attorney Macie Pridgen told WVEC.com.

VIRGINIA BEACH-- Police arrested a Chesapeake sheriff's deputy Wednesday for sexual assaults he allegedly committed against 2 children in the mid-1980s.

Keith James Pitman faces 2 counts of Aggravated Sexual Battery and 2 counts of Forcible Sodomy of a Victim Under the Age of 13.

Pitman, who is 42 years old now, would have been a child, himself, at the time.

"I'm flabbergasted. My heart just jumped out," said Teresa Parker who lives across the street from Pitman.

Parker told 13News Now that Pitman and his housemate are quiet, adding that during the several years they have lived on MacArthur Road, neither has been any trouble.

"When somebody broke in their house over there, he was gonna put cameras up so he could view the whole neighborhood, too, so he could watch everything to make sure everybody was safe," said Parker. "I thought he was one of the good ones, you know."

Pitman has worked in the Chesapeake Sheriff's Office for more than 15 years, and was assigned to the Court Security Section. Currently, he is on suspension. 

Pitman is being held in the Virginia Beach Correctional Center without bond. He is scheduled for arraignment in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Thursday.

The case remains under investigation. 

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