MADISONVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — A Monroe County man has pleaded guilty to raping his adopted daughter who went missing in January 2019 and was found weeks later with a 32-year-old man in Wisconsin. Randall Pruitt, 43, pleaded guilty to three counts of rape Monday.
A sentencing date has been set for Aug. 27. He also faces charges of evidence tampering.
“These cases are heartbreaking. We just celebrated Father’s Day and then to follow that with an example of someone who has betrayed the most fundamental human decency towards a child is just heartbreaking,” 10th Judicial District District Attorney General Steve Crump said. “There are no winners in cases like this, but I do feel like justice has been done and it’s at a minimum of cost, additional cost, to the victim.”
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.