Madisonville man sentenced to more than 28 years for rape charges

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MADISONVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — A Monroe County man who pleaded guilty to raping his adopted daughter who went missing in January 2019 and was found weeks later in Wisconsin was sentenced for his charges Friday morning.

Randall Pruitt, 43, was sentenced to 9.5 years per charge, to be served consecutively; making his overall prison sentence to 28 and 1/2 years.

Randall Pruitt in Monroe County Court on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021 for sentencing. (Photo: WATE)

Pruitt had pleaded guilty to three counts of rape in June. He is also still facing charges of evidence tampering. Pruitt was sentenced in Monroe County Court by Judge Andrew Freiberg.

Monroe County deputies were called to Pruitt’s Madisonville home on Jan. 14, 2019, for a report of a missing juvenile. His adopted daughter was found weeks later in Wisconsin with a 32-year-old man, Bryan Rogers.

Police say she met Rogers while playing a video game online. Investigators said Rogers drove from Wisconsin and took her from the Madisonville home after she sent him a video of Pruitt raping her.

The FBI joined the search for the girl and later obtained a search warrant for email and messaging records on the teen’s cellphone, confirming evidence of the crimes.

Rogers pleaded guilty to one count of transporting a minor across state lines for the purpose of committing sexual assault. He was sentenced to 135 months, just over 11 years, in federal prison.

The girl’s mother, Christina Pruitt, pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence and was given a four-year sentence. Sixty days were already spent in jail, the remainder will be spent on probation.

District Attorney General, Tenth Judicial District said in June Christina Pruitt was convicted of tampering with evidence and served 60 days of her four-year sentence; adding that she had no prior record and the DA’s office could not prove any other criminal acts.

“We could not prove she knew about her husband’s conduct in our case. Tennessee law presumed her eligible for probation,” the DA’s office said of Christina Pruitt. “Our office felt this sentence was fair and in line with what a judge would sentence.”

This is a developing story. Download the WATE news app for updates on this story.

*Editor’s note: This story has been updated from an earlier version published prior to the court hearing.

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