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Man accused of murder faces child sex trafficking, more charges

Man accused of murder faces child sex trafficking, more charges
Man accused of murder faces child sex trafficking, more charges
Christian K. Pittman

On Friday, Indiana State Police detectives arrested Christian K. Pittman, 21, of Corydon on numerous felony charges, including child sexual trafficking and rape.

Detective Chris Tucker and the Indiana Dept. of Child Services were contacted in February after a 14-year-old female run-a-way made allegations she had been raped by Pittman. Tucker and child advocates then conducted a forensic interview with the victim and began an investigation. During the investigation, Tucker received information that Pittman drugged and raped the 14-year-old.

Pittman originally came in to contact with the victim in January when he found her walking along the roadway in the early morning hours. The investigation revealed Pittman also forced the girl to perform sex acts on others for pay or in trade for drugs in the days that followed and also uncovered that Pittman had the victim pose for images that were then sold online.

Tucker, working in conjunction with the Harrison County Prosecutor’s Office, requested search and arrest warrants for Pittman, who was taken into custody without incident Friday morning.

Pittman, who is housed at the Harrison County Jail, is charged with one count of child sexual trafficking, a Level 2 felony; one count of promotion of child sexual trafficking, a Level 3 felony; two counts of rape, a Level 3 felony; one count of human trafficking, a Level 5 felony; three counts of sexual misconduct with a minor, a Level 5 felony; and three counts of child exploitation, a Level 5 felony.

ISP units were assisted by the prosecutor’s office and the Indiana Dept. of Child Services.

Pittman, who was arrested in mid-February, is also facing felony robbery and murder charges in the death of Christina (Chrissy) Grimsley.

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