A Madisonville man accused of rape in the case of a once-missing teen who was found in Wisconsin appeared in court Tuesday where bond was set at $2 million and the case was bound to a grand jury.
Randall Pruitt appeared in a Monroe County courtroom where a gag order was also placed on attorneys and law enforcement.
The judge ruled that Pruitt was a flight risk and that $2 million bond was appropriate because of the likelihood of conviction and the nature of the alleged crime.
Pruitt, the adoptive father of a 14-year-old girl who was reported missing on January 14, was discovered in videos taken on the girl’s phone, allegedly taking part in sexual relations, according to an arrest warrant.
It was later revealed that Wisconsin man Bryan Rogers met the girl through an online game. A federal affidavit says the girl told Rogers she was being sexually abused. He advised her to obtain video evidence of the alleged rape and send it to him. He then is accused of traveling to Tennessee, picking up the girl, and taking her back with him to Wisconsin.
The girl was found at the Madison, Wisconsin, home of Rogers’ mother on January 31.
Rogers is charged in Wisconsin with abduction and/or child taking and federally with sexual exploitation.