Man accused of keeping stepdaughter captive for 19 years, fathering 9 children

Elias Hubbard
December 16, 2017

A federal grand jury in Oklahoma has indicted a 63-year-old man accused of kidnapping his stepdaughter and holding her captive for 19 years in Mexico and elsewhere, during which time he fathered her nine children.

McGinnis was able to flee the remote Mexican village she was being held in with eight of her nine children she had with Piette.

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The Associated Press generally doesn't identify sexual abuse victims, but McGinnis has discussed her case publicly. She said she was stabbed, choked until unconscious, beaten with baseball bats and even shot, the Oklahoman reported.

"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", she told PEOPLE.

The pair traveled throughout the USA and Mexico, but according to the affidavit, would return to Oklahoma periodically to mail letters, so people would think they were still living in the state.

Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Adam Reynolds wrote in an affidavit that Piette first had sex with McGinnis when she was 11 or 12 in the back room of a residence in the eastern Oklahoma city of Wagoner, where she shared a bunk bed with another female.

The victim was about 11 years old when Piette "took her to a van and married her" in a ceremony in Wagoner where he "gave her a ring", according to the affidavit.

After forcing McGinnis to become his spouse, Piette kept changing both of their names as he traveled with her all over the United States and Mexico. The two travelled throughout the USA and Mexico but would occasionally return to Oklahoma to mail letters, pretending they still lived there.

A GoFundMe account to help McGinnis and her children who range in age from 2 to 17 years old. According to the affidavit, the night child was not present during the sample collection. After she managed escape McGinnis went to the US embassy in order to obtain passports her herself and her children to return to her country. The man is now being held in custody in Oklahoma. Piette's attorney on the state charges, Lauren Blake of Tulsa, Oklahoma, did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment. If convicted, he faces possible life in prison. It's unclear if Piette has appeared in court on the federal indictment (kidnapping and traveling across state lines with the intent to engage in sexual activity with a juvenile) or if he has entered a plea to those two charges.

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