Local man charged with attempted rape

Jermike Pittman

WOODSTOCK – A Stephens City man was ordered Friday to remain in jail without bond as he faces a charge of attempted rape.

The defendant, Jermike Andre Pittman, 21, of 126 Caledon Court, has also been charged with two counts of assault and battery stemming from an incident Jan. 29.

A criminal complaint states that a woman told a Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office deputy that Pittman strangled her twice and attempted to rape her while they were on a hike off of Hollingsworth Road.

The complaint states that Pittman strangled the victim, pulled her pants down and exposed himself to her before attempting forcible sexual intercourse with her.

The complaint describes a continuing attack on the victim.

“When they got back to the car, Pittman tried to forcefully remove (the victim) from the car and when he was unable to do so, he put his hands on her throat and strangled her again,” the complaint states.

Substitute General District Judge Lawrence D. Bowers Jr. agreed to appoint a public defender to represent Pittman after hearing testimony that the defendant earned only a few hundred dollars a month at his job.

Bowers told Pittman the seriousness of the attempted rape charge carried with it a legal directive that bail should be denied in the majority of such cases.

“Mr. Pittman, I’m going to continue to order you held without bond because there’s a statutory presumption with this charge that bail would not be adequate,” Bowers said.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com