Federal grand jury in Oklahoma on Wednesday indicted two decade-long fugitive Henri Piette, on charges of abduction and traveling with intent to have sex with a minor
Piette, 63, also faces charges of lewd molestation, first-degree rape of a victim under age 14 and child abuse by injury
He is accused of abducting Rosalynn McGinnis from Oklahoma to Mexico when she was 12 after illegally ‘marrying’ her
She had nine children by Piette and they were all forced to live in a tent in rural Mexico
McGinnis, now aged 33, escaped from Piette last year and sought help at US Embassy
Piette was arrested in October and extradited to the US to face charges
Henri Piette is accused of kidnapping his stepdaughter Rosalynn McGinnis. She had 9 children for him in 19 years
After almost 20 years on the run, a federal grand jury sitting in Oklahoma has indicted a 63-year-old man accused of kidnapping his stepdaughter when she was 11 or 12 years old, and holding her captive for 19 years in Mexico, during which time he fathered her nine children.
An indictment handed up in Muskogee on Wednesday accuses Henri Michelle Piette of abducting Rosalynn Michelle McGinnis in 1995 or 1996 and traveling with the intent to have sex with her.
An FBI agent says in an affidavit that Piette first had sex with McGinnis, whose mother had been engaged to him before the couple broke up, at a home in Wagoner, on the bottom bed of a bunk bed, when she was aged 11 or 12.
Evil stepdad Henri Piette, kept his stepdaughter prisoner for 19 years and raped her every day after kidnapping and “marrying” her’ at the age of 11
A federal grand jury in Oklahoma has indicted Henri Piette, [left], for kidnapping his stepdaughter Rosalynn McGinnis [right] when she was 12 years old, and holding her captive for 19 years in Mexico
McGinnis, now 33, managed to escape from Piette last year in Mexico, where they were living with their large family, and she went to the US Embassy for help.
Piette faces additional charges of lewd molestation, first-degree rape of a victim under age 14 and child abuse by injury. He is due back in court on January 4.
Piette was arrested in Mexico in October and extradited back to Oklahoma.
When interviewed by Fox 23, a defiant Piette denied ever raping his stepdaughter, saying: ‘I made love to my wife. We were married.’
He also accused McGinnis and his children of spreading lies about him.
Sicko! Henri Piette is pictured with Rosalynn McGinnis when he threw her a quinceanera for her on her 13th birthday. Piette forced his 11-year-old stepdaughter to ‘marry’ him in the back of a van. He’d already started having sex with the pre-teen while her mother was in the house
McGinnis was nine when her mother started dating Piette, she told People Magazine in the summer. He began sexually abusing her during their relationship, she said.
When she was 11, she said she was forced to ‘marry’ Piette in the back of a van in an illegal ceremony that was performed by one of his own children, a boy who was 15 at the time.
In 1997, her mother broke up with Piette because he had been beating her.
He retaliated by snatching Rosalynn from school with the help of his son and going on the run, along with his three children. McGinnis said that before taking her to Mexico, they traveled through the US.
Rosalyn McGinnis seen with six of the nine children she had for Piette in the 19 years he held her captive, after abducting her at the age of 12
She claims he introduced her to his children as their ‘new mother’.
In Mexico, she said she was subjected to daily sexual assault or rape and had nine children as a result.
She claims they lived under the radar and that no one in Mexico suspected him of wrongdoing until she confided in a woman who lived near their tent in 2016.
That woman then found a missing person’s poster from 1997 with Rosalynn’s name on it.
In June 2016, McGinnis escaped and went to the U.S. embassy for help.
She fled their filthy tent with eight of the nine children she had with Piette and used a pay phone in Oaxaca City to contact the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
They were then put in touch with the US Embassy to be taken back to the US.
Missing person poster for the 12-year-old McGinnis, from 1997
Court documents say Piette then tried to get a passport in Mexico. He was detained Thursday and brought back to the U.S. the next day. Officials brought him back to Wagoner County Wednesday.
The pedophile he said he wants people to know he’s innocent. Piette insists: “Most of it are lies,” he said. “99 percent are lies….I’m telling the truth.”
Fox 23 reports that Piette insisted he is innocent of rape the allegations: “I never raped any children,” he said. “I made love to my wife. We were married.”
The extradited fugitive also claimed the children he’s accused of abusing were part of the Mexican mafia.
“[My children] are involved in the [Mexican] mafia, and they don’t like me,” Piette said.
Investigators say Piette has deep ties to Mexican criminal organizations.
In Oklahoma. he is charged with lewd molestation, first degree rape of a victim under the age of 14 and child abuse by injury.
On Thursday, federal charges against Piette were dropped so the state can prosecute him.