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Disturbing Details About East Texas Sex Ring

Disturbing details about an East Texas sex ring involving multiple children. The place prosecutors call "Mineola Swingers Club". The first of six defendants Jamie Pittman, was in court Wednesday. He's accused of seven felonies the first, Aggravated sexual assault of a child, some as young as 5 years old.  

"To be able to prove that this offense occurred? Do you believe you have?" Yes Sir," said Sergeant Phillip Kemp with the Texas Rangers.

Kemp conducted much of the thorough investigation against Pittman. Part of it was his interview with some of the children involved. Wednesday morning in the 241st District Court 12 jurors watched that video.

"It seemed very hard for him to talk about it," said Kemp discussing the interview with one of the young boys.

Dancing, performing, filming pornographic movies, even threats to withhold food for a week if the children didn't comply.

"Even the words from the witness stand. You can't really describe exactly what these little kids were going through. What they were put through, what they were were forced to do at the hands of those that were supposed to protect them," said Assistant District Attorney Joe Murphy.

Multiple children were involved, two of them siblings. They spoke in the taped interview of a class they went to called 'Kindergarden' where they learned how to perform sexual acts, first on dolls, then on eachother. They also described being forced to take 'silly pills' before they had to dance/perform because they were told they performed better on them.

Since those children were removed from the home. One of their former foster parents spoke about their behavior.

"He would soil on himself and on his pants," said Jeff Howard, former foster parent, "Assaulted a teacher. Continually hitting a teacher."

He described the young man with a violent temper. Even to the point of throwing a baseball bat at his foster mother.

Even the former owner of the building in Mineola described how it sickened her once she found out what it was being used for. She and her late husband had previously run a day care out of the building.

"That place was meant to be used for a child to be learn and grow and not to be victimized," said Cindy Swope. "Did you know that what it was used for?" asked the Murphy, the District Attorney, "No sir. I would not have tolerated it," said Swope.

Now in the hands of new owners, prosecutors are pressing on to hopefully keep the things that allegedly happened inside from ever happening again.

Pittman faces up to life in prison if convicted. He is not alone. Dennis Pittman, Shelia Sones, Patrick Kelly, Shauntel Mayo and Jimmy Sones. They all face multiple charges in this sex ring.

Danielle Capper, Reporting. dcapper@kltv.com


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