A South Carolina mom stopped a man in his tracks after he hooked up with her 15-year-old daughter, cornering him in the bathroom and pointing a BB gun at him until the authorities arrived.
"If he tried to escape, I would have shot him," the angry Fort Mill mother told WBTV.
Family members found Addison Pittman, 23, in one of the bathrooms. Thinking the strange man was a burglar, the mom grabbed her BB rifle and held it to his chest while waiting for sheriff’s deputies to arrive. That’s when her daughter told her the truth—Pittman was an acquaintance from social media that she had invited over to have sex.
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Pittman told the girl’s mom he was 17 — one smart move on his part.
"If I knew he was 23 at the time, I probably would have pulled this BB gun and shot him," said the mother.
She warned parents about respecting their kids privacy “to an extent,” and said that she feared the worse had she not taken action.
"What's to say he wouldn't have choked her or had a weapon on him, killed her and I would have found her dead," she said.
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Pittman has been charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor, a felony. He faces a sentence of up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
Released from jail Monday on $15,000 bond, Pittman told the Rockhill Herald his side of the story. He said that the girl had told him she was 18, and that she knew he was 23—he had only lied to her mother out of fear.
“I knew I was 23 years old,” he said. “The girl knew I was 23. When she told me (she was 15), it shook me up. I had never been in a situation like that. I never messed with a minor.”
“I would never try to be a criminal.”
Pittman said he was “really scared” when the girl’s mom shoved the gun in his face.
“I was in a state of shock the whole time. I just feel they’re making it seem like I was a predator. That’s not me at all,” he said.
Ironically, Pittman is in college studying criminal justice.
As for the 15-year-old, she is grounded.