Ex-Macomb adoption board member, foster parent gets prison for molesting girl

Friday, 29 September 2017, 05:45:25 PM. Jackie Pittman, a former foster parent, was sentenced to 4 years to 15 years in prison after a Macomb County jury convicted him of sexually assaulting teen.

Jackie Pittman, a former foster parent, was sentenced to 4 years to 15 years in prison after a Macomb County jury convicted him of sexually assaulting teen.

As a licensed foster parent who once sat on the Macomb County Adoption Board, Jackie Pittman was supposed to help children find a good home.

Instead, the former foster father will be spending 4  to 15 years in prison after a Macomb County jury found him guilty of inappropriate sexual contact with a teenage girl.

Pittman, 62, of Macomb Township was sentenced this week after the circuit court jury found him guilty in August of two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. He received credit for three days in the county jail and is to have no contact with the victim, according to online court records.

Pittman was charged in August 2016 with inappropriate sexual contact with the girl, then 16 years old. At the time of the charges, Prosecutor Eric Smith said, that Pittman was licensed in Michigan to be a foster parent, but no foster children were housed with him.

Bob Wheaton, spokesman for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, said today that Pittman's license was revoked effective Jan. 2. It was to expire June 11.

Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham previously said his office received a referral from Children’s Protective Services in June 2016 and conducted an investigation. The incident occurred in Macomb Township in the summer of 2016, authorities said.

Pittman’s relatives told a district court judge during his arraignment in August 2016 that Pittman’s wife died just months earlier in April 2016. One of them said he had “gone through a tragic death” and that she believed that Pittman had temporarily “lost his mind.”

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Pittman told the district court judge that he was retired and had no criminal record. He also said that in April 2016 he received a presidential award from the Red Cross for being an outstanding volunteer. He also told the district court judge that he was an instructor/trainer with the Red Cross and that he was teaching three times a week, re-certifying paramedics to do their jobs.

Another relative at the arraignment said that Pittman had been a foster parent for about 10 years to about five children but that he had not been a foster parent in a while. That relative said he smacked children, was controlling and there were one or two Children’s Protective Services investigations.

Contact Christina Hall: chall99@freepress.com. Follow her on Twitter: @challreporter.

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