Deputy’s charges withdrawn in 1980s sex assaults

Keith Pitman, photo courtesy Virginia Beach Police Department.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – Charges against a Chesapeake sheriff’s deputy charged with the sexual assaults of two minors in the 1980s will not move forward.

Macie Pridgen with the Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office told the charges against Keith Pitman were nolle prosequi, meaning the CA’s Office will not move forward with prosecution at this time. The charges could be brought back at a later date.

Pitman was charged with two counts forcible sodomy with a child under the age of 13 and two counts aggravated sexual battery. The charges stemmed from incidents dating back to 1983. He was arrested in 2013.

Pridgen said the decision was made after consulting with the victims and investigators.

At the time of his arrest, Pitman had been a court bailiff with the Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office for more than 15 years. He was suspended from duties.

According to Col. David Hackworth with the Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office, officials will conduct an administrative review to determine how they will move forward, which is standard operating procedure. At this time, Pitman has not returned to duty.


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