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Dad Who Abducted 11-Year-Old Step-Daughter And Fathered Her 9 Kids Defends Abuse: 'I Made Love To My Wife'

"We were married.”

The Oklahoma man accused of abducting and sexually abusing his tween stepdaughter and fathering nine children with her says, “99 percent [of the charges] are lies.”

FOX23 caught up with 62-year-old Henry Piette as he appeared in court in Wagoner, Oklahoma after being extradited from Mexico where he was arrested. Piette is accused of raping his then 11-year-old stepdaughter Rosalynn McGinnis, before later abducting her and taking her to Mexico, where he fathered nine children with her.

McGinnis, now 33, says the abuse began when Piette was married to her mother, whom he frequently beat. After raping her, he had his teenage son “marry” them. “He said since he had already touched me, he needed to marry me or it was a sin,” McGinnis told People magazine. Despite her mother’s attempts to get away from him, he repeatedly tracked them down. When McGinnis was 12, Piette picked her up after school one day and abducted her.

For the next 19 years, McGinnis was held against her will, enduring daily sexual and physical abuse. Piette moved her and three of his other children around Oklahoma and later Mexico, often assuming different names, in order to evade capture. McGinnis eventually gave birth to nine children by Piette.

While in Mexico in June of 2016, McGinnis took eight of her children to the U.S. Embassy and obtained passports to return home to the United States. Once home she began working with investigators to build a case against Piette. While her oldest son had run away before her escape, he has since been reunited with his mother.

Piette was finally arrested this past September when he went to the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City to obtain a U.S. Passport. After being extradited back to Oklahoma he was charged with lewd molestation, first-degree rape of a victim under the age of 14 and child abuse by injury.

When asked about the charges against him, Piette maintained his innocence. “I never raped any children,” he said. “I made love to my wife. We were married.”

[Photo: Police handout]

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