An Oklahoma federal grand jury indicated a man on Wednesday, accused of kidnapping his stepdaughter and holding her against her will for decades while impregnating her nine times.
New York Post reports Henri Piette allegedly kidnapped Rosalynn McGinnis during the mid 1990s when she was 11 years old. He’s accused of raping her shortly after abducting her, and while she was still 11, holding a “wedding ceremony” inside of his van in Wagoner, Oklahoma, where he presented her with a ring.
Piette reportedly kidnapped McGinnis when her mother left him for assaulting her, according to NewsOK. He took McGinnis from her school in Poteau while her mother lived in a shelter after leaving him.
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According to FBI agent Adam Reynolds, Piette had sex the first time with McGinnis when she was either 11 or 12, in the room of a home in Wagoner, where the victim was sharing a bunk bed with another girl. An affidavit noted that Piette changed his name, as well as the victim’s name, “numerous times in an attempt to stay hidden.”
The pair traveled throughout the U.S. and Mexico, but according to the affidavit, would return to Oklahoma periodically to mail letters, so people would think they were still living in the state.
“After being introduced to … Piette’s other children as their new mother, they began traveling to numerous locations throughout the United States and abroad including … Texas, Montana, Idaho, New Mexico, Arizona and Mexico,” a court affidavit read.
During their time together, McGinnis had two children before she turned 18, followed by seven more children throughout the years. Eight of the nine children were given DNA tests, which proved Piette was the father. The ninth child, her oldest son, was not tested yet since he ran away previously and wasn’t on location when DNA samples were collected, but the victim said all children were fathered by the suspect. McGinnis has since been reunited with her oldest son.
McGinnis, now 33, escaped from Piette last year while they were living in Mexico. She found her way to the U.S. Embassy and secured passports for herself and her children. She confided to federal officials about her abduction and informed them that the suspect “had strong connections with the Mexican Mafia.” Piette is currently behind bars in Oklahoma.
Last year, the victim told People she was constantly beaten with baseball bats, choked, stabbed, and even shot once at the hands of Piette.
“I want the world to know. I want him to be stopped and I want justice to be served….I knew that if I didn’t get out of there, “I’d either go insane or I would end up dying and leaving my kids with that man.”
The suspect is facing charges of kidnapping, first-degree rape, and “travel with intent to engage in sexual act with a juvenile.” If convicted, he faces up to life in prison and fines of up to $250,000.
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