Jury finds Oklahoma man accused of 'heinous crimes' against children guilty

WAGONER COUNTY, Okla. — UPDATE: On June 6, 2019, a jury found Henri Michelle Piette, 63, guilty of kidnapping and travel with intent to engage in a sexual act with a juvenile. Sentencing has not yet been scheduled.

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Quick Facts:

  • Henry Piette was arrested and brought back to Wagoner County.
  • He's accused of crimes against children, including the rape of an 11-year-old, over the span two decades.
  • A victim, now 33, reportedly escaped in Mexico, leading to his arrest.

A Wagoner County man accused of what investigators call heinous crimes against children is back in the area.

Investigators say 62-year-old Henry Piette raped an 11-year-old girl 1995, and court documents say he held her captive until she escaped in 2016.

The alleged victim, now 33, shared her story with national publications like People Magazine.

Investigators say Piette married the victim when she was only 11. They say Piette's 15-year-old son officiated the wedding in a van.

Court documents show that Piette then took McGinnis and his children, who he’s accused of abusing, traveling around Oklahoma and later to Mexico. The documents claim Piette changed their names several times so the victim's family and law enforcement could not find them.

In 2016, McGinnis escaped and went to the U.S. embassy for help.

Court documents say Piette then tried to get a passport in Mexico. He was detained Thursday and brought back to the U.S. the next day.

Officials brought him back to Wagoner County Wednesday.

When FOX23 talked to Piette, he said he wants people to know he’s innocent.

“Most of it are lies,” he said. “99 percent are lies….I’m telling the truth."

When FOX23 asked Piette about the allegations of rape, he maintained his innocence.

“I never raped any children,” he said. “I made love to my wife. We were married.”

He also claimed the children he’s accused of abusing were part of the Mexican mafia.

“[My children] are involved in the [Mexican] mafia, and they don’t like me,” Piette said.

Investigators say Piette has deep ties to Mexican criminal organizations.

In Oklahoma. he is charged with lewd molestation, first degree rape of a victim under the age of 14 and child abuse by injury.

On Thursday, federal charges against Piette were dropped so the state can prosecute him.

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