Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday secured an indictment against a man accused of raping a woman inside a New Orleans East home in October 2019.
Raymond Pittman was charged with first-degree rape in the indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish grand jury. Pittman, 50, faces a mandatory lifetime prison sentence if convicted as charged.
The 24-year-old victim told New Orleans police sex crimes investigators that Pittman was temporarily visiting the house in the 9700 block of West Rockton Circle, where she was living with her boyfriend, son and boyfriend’s grandmother. After a relative picked up her child to take him to a party on Oct. 19, 2019, the woman was alone in the house with Pittman around 3 p.m.
She told police that she went to shower, and came out of the bathroom to find Pittman nude outside the door. She said Pittman forced his way into the bathroom and pulled her down. The woman said she escaped into a bedroom, but that Pittman forced his way into that room, too. She said he left the room, only to return with a knife. She said he threatened to stab and kill her if she did not submit to him, or if she told anyone about the sexual assault.
The woman said that after raping her at knifepoint, Pittman apologized and offered a future payment for her to remain silent about the incident. Instead, the woman called police upon getting into her vehicle and also reported the attack to Pittman’s mother.
Pittman was arrested July 30, after authorities received DNA test results that supported the victim’s account. Pittman remains detained at the Orleans Justice Center jail in lieu of a $105,000 bond.
Assistant District Attorney Alicia Bennette presented the case to the grand jury.
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