East St. Louis man gets 18 years for kidnapping, sexually abusing child

News-DemocratJune 20, 2014 

AP GRAPHIC

An East St. Louis man was sentenced to 18 years in prison after he took a 12-year-old girl for a drive in his car, put the girl in a headlock, pulled out one of her braids before trying to French-kiss her and refused to take her home.

Terry T. Pittman, 44, of East St. Louis, was arrested Sept. 24, 2013.

"We are very pleased with these sentences and the fact that this 12-year-old victim never had to testify in this case," Assistant State's Attorney Jennifer Coffin said.

"We want to acknowledge the victim's family's strong support of this prosecution, as well as the excellent work performed by the St. Clair County Child Advocacy Center and East St. Louis Police Department, especially the work of Detective Lamar Martin."

After taking the girl, the child asked to be taken home and Pittman refused, prosecutors said.

Pittman, who has previous convictions on drugs, battery and weapons charges, could have received up to 20 years in prison.

St. Clair County Circuit Judge Bob Haida sentenced Pittman on Tuesday on charges of aggravated kidnapping, aggravated criminal sexual abuse and aggravated battery of a child charges.

Pittman must serve 85 percent, a little more than 15 years, before he is eligible for parole.

After his release, he must register as a sex offender.