A Bossier City man convicted in early May of molestation of a juvenile under the age of 13 was sentenced Tuesday, July 18, 2017, in Caddo District Court.

James Hardy Pitman, 41, found guilty in a bench trial before District Judge Brady D. O’Callaghan, was sentenced to 45 years at hard labor, the first 25 to be served without benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence.

Pitman also was ordered to register as a sex offender for life upon his release from incarceration.

Pitman was accused of molesting a minor female over a period of three years before his arrest in December 2014. A second female victim, now an adult, testified that she, too, was molested by Pitman while she was a minor.

He had prior convictions for simple battery (1995), disturbing the peace (1999), possession of a firearm by a prohibited person (2012), domestic abuse battery (2012 and 2013), resisting an officer (2013) and misdemeanor theft (2013).

Pitman was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Mekisha Smith Creal. He was defended by Mary Harried.