A new document filed in federal court Monday reveals new details and allegations involving the missing Madisonville teen who was eventually found in Wisconsin after years of alleged sexual abuse by her adoptive father.
The document was filed by attorneys for Wisconsin man Bryan Rogers, who is accused of sexual exploitation of a child. His attorneys are seeking release pending trial and a preliminary hearing.
Court documents say the 14-year-old met Rogers through an online gaming website and then chatted on Facebook Messenger and other means.
The document says the teen told Rogers her adoptive father, Randall Pruitt, had been raping her for some time and that she wanted to kill herself because of the alleged ongoing abuse. She said she feared for her life because Pruitt had threatened to kill her if she told anyone about the alleged incidents and that he had violent episodes in the past, including an incident in which he killed the teen’s dog.
During their online chats, the document states Rogers discussed with the teen how to get away from her adoptive father. After a failed attempt to record audio of her alleged sexual abuse, the document says Rogers told her they needed clear evidence documenting the alleged sexual abuse.
The teen initially resisted while Rogers suggested she run away to a friend’s house or obtain forensic evidence, according to the document. They eventually arrived at a plan where the teen would try to video record the next alleged rape. The document says she was able to obtain the video on her cell phone in early January, which she sent to Rogers.
Rogers, the document states, still believed the teen was in danger and traveled to Tennessee to bring her to safety. They decided that she would stay with Rogers in Wisconsin until Pruitt was arrested. The two absconded on January 14 and she was reported missing the next morning.
Rogers took the girl to his mother’s home in Wisconsin and hid her in the basement, the document states. While there, the teen wrote a six-page letter to the FBI detailing the years of alleged abuse. The next day Rogers was available, the document says they drove to St. Louis to mail the letter along with SD cards of the cell phone recordings to the FBI field office in St. Louis. They then returned to Wisconsin.
Pruitt was arrested a few days later. The same day, officials were led to Rogers’s house. He, at first, lied about the teen being there, but she was later found hiding in the basement.
Rogers’s attorneys say while he did have a flawed understanding of the law, he was only trying to help the teen and had no illicit intent.
Rogers is expected in court on Tuesday afternoon.