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Oklahoma man kidnapped stepdaughter and kept her captive for 19 years

Henri Michelle Piette, a 63-year-old man, is accused of kidnapping his stepdaughter Rosalynn Michelle McGinnis in 1995 and traveling with the intention to have sex with her. Piette then held her captive for as long as 19 years in Mexico, fathering her nine children. A federal grand jury of Muskogee, Oklahoma charged Piette with a rape of first-degree, abuse of a child under age of 14, and indecent molestation.

In her interview with People Magazine, the victim said that she was only 9 when her mother started dating Piette. When McGinnis was 11, her parents got engaged but soon the couple broke up because Piette was beating her mother. After that Piette started sexually abusing McGinnis. Piette first had sex with McGinnis on a bottom bed of a bunk bed at a home in Wagoner, Eastern Oklahoma. She was 11 or 12 when Piette gave her a ring, took her to a minivan and they had an illegal wedding ceremony. 

Piette changed their names few times to stay hidden from the public. They traveled throughout the US and Mexico but occasionally stopped by at their residence in Oklahoma to mail letters to their friends and relatives so people would think they were still residing in Oklahoma. 

At the age of 32, McGinnis managed to escape from Piette. She went to the US embassy where she received passports for herself and her nine children to enter the United States. She reported to the US officials that Piette was living in Mexico at that time and had strong connections with the Mexican Mafia.

In his turn, Piette accused McGinnis of spreading lies about him. He announced that they were married and he was making love to his wife.

Piette is in custody in Oklahoma. If convicted of kidnapping, Piette faces a lifetime imprisonment and a fine in the amount of $250,000. Travel with intent to have a sexual act with a minor is 10 years in prison and $250,000 fine, lewd molestation is punishable by up to 25 years in prison if the victim is under 12.