The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has agreed with a lower Texas appeals court in Tyler and says the 2010 conviction of Dennis Boyd Pittman, a defendant in the 2005 Mineola child sex ring cases, is not entitled to a new trial and will remain in prison.
West said it is unusual for the higher court to grant such a motion, but that it is impossible to predict what a court could do.
If Pittman does not file a motion for a rehearing, then the conviction will stand, West said.
Six of the defendants involved in the 2005 Mineola Child Sex Ring incidents — Sheila Darlene Sones, Jamie Pittman, Patrick Kelly, Shauntel Mayo, Rebecca Pittman and Jimmy Sones — pleaded guilty to charges of injury to a child, a third-degree felony, in the 241st District Court in May 2011.
The cases centered around a group of young siblings who allegedly danced and engaged in sexual acts before a paying audience inside a vacant day care center, then dubbed the “Mineola Swinger’s Club.” Pittman’s case was not included with those because he had a case pending before the 12th Court of Appeals.
Pittman, 50, was convicted of engaging in organized criminal activity and received a life sentence in July 2010.