An Oklahoma man allegedly kept his step daughter captive for nearly 20 years, “marrying” her when she was 11 to keep her as his sex slave. Henri Michele Piette, 62, is accused of raping Rosalynn McGinnis repeatedly for decades, according to court documents provided to Fox News.
While being held captive, McGinnis was also stabbed, choked until unconscious, shot and beaten with baseball bats, the Oklahoman reports. Piette’s children told police that he started sexually assaulting the victim at a young age. McGinnis’ mother left Piette in 1997 after he allegedly abused her, leaving behind her young daughter. Then, Piette introduced McGinnis to his other children as “their new mother,” an F.B.I. agent told the Oklahoman.
In 2016, McGinnis, now 33, escaped Piette along with eight of her nine children from a tent in rural Mexico with eight of her nine children, according to People.
“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,” McGinnis told People. She said she spoke to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children about the decades long abuse. She told the publication that it felt “so nice to be able to tell somebody the truth.”
“I was still scared, but it was wonderful not to have to lie anymore,” McGinnis said.
Piette has been charged with first-degree rape, two counts of lewd molestation of a child and physical abuse of a child, according to court records.
A GoFundMe account to help McGinnis and her children who range in age from 2 to 17 years old. The children are currently being treated for PTSD, PEOPLE reports.
[Photo: Wagoner County Sheriff's Office]