Testimony continues in sex ring trial

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The trial continued today for the Mineola man accused of being a member of the child sex ring. 47-year-old Dennis Pittman has been charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child and engaging in organized criminal activity.

This is the fourth Mineola child sex ring trial, and two of the alleged child victims testified this afternoon - an eleven year old boy and his nine year old sister. Pittman has been charged with forcing these two children and their older sister to participate in sexual acts and dance before a paying audience. Pittman is one of six defendants facing these charges.

The children spoke to a jury made up of eight men and four women. Both admitted to being taken to a club where they would dance and act in front of adults. They told the jury that they were given "silly pills", which made them feel good, and both claimed they were forced to do "bad stuff" with adults. When the prosecutor asked the witnesses if one of the adults was Pittman, both said yes.

Foster parents who took care of the children after they were removed from their home also took the stand. One witness said the children were scared of specific people, "The names that stick out in my mind are Booger Red, Jamie, and Dennis. That's what sticks out in my mind," said Julie Baker-Stokes, a former foster parent.

The prosecutor asked the eleven year old witness, "Who else did you touch?" The witness said, "Dennis." The prosecutor asked, "Where did you touch Dennis?" The witness responded, "In his private parts."

Testimony in Pittman's trial will resume Thursday in 241 District Court.

Two of Pittman's co-defendants, Jamie Pittman and Patrick "Booger Red" Kelly had their convictions overturned and are awaiting re-trials.

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