A stepfather who kidnapped his stepdaughter and raped her nine times while holding her hostage for 19 years has been found guilty
Henri Michelle Piette, 60, kidnapped his stepdaughter Rosalynn McGinnis in 1997 from her home in Poteau, Oklahoma, when she was 11-years-old. He avoided detectives as he kept her hostage in Mexico.
Piette “married” Rosalyn when she was 11. The wedding was officiated by his 15-year-old son, according to the FBI.
Rosalyn who is now 34 managed to escape from Piette back in 2016 with her children while they were all living in Mexico. She revealed in an interview that she became pregnant at aged 13 and gave birth to her first child at 15.
Suffering miscarriage at a time, she said Piette forced her to flush the foetus down the toilet.
She said: “I was scared, and I was so confused and didn’t even know what was happening.
“Looking back on what happened to me, I don’t even know how any human can do that to a child — what he did to me.”
She revealed how Piette was married to her mother when she was age 9 which was when he started sexually abusing her. Her mother broke up with him after he beat her in 1997. He then decided to kidnap her with the help of his son.
U.S. Attorney Brian J. Kuester said.
‘Ultimately, her courage ended the defendant’s reign of terror. I know this verdict cannot heal the countless wounds inflicted by the defendant. It should prevent him from ever inflicting more.’
A federal grand jury indicted him in December 2017 following his arrest. He however denied raping his stepdaughter in an interview with Fox 23.
’99 per cent are lies….I’m telling the truth,’ he said at the time. ‘I never raped any children. I made love to my wife. We were married.’
He is currently facing life imprisonment.
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