WAGONER, Okla. (KTUL) -- A former Oklahoma man is facing charges after allegedly holding his stepdaughter captive for nearly 20 years.
She’s now free thanks to a lengthy investigation between the district attorney’s office and the FBI. The neighborhood off Moss Avenue in Wagoner holds many secrets, some that up until recently were kept hidden for decades.
Court documents tell the story of a woman who was allegedly held in captivity for 19 years and forced into marriage in 1995 at the age of 11 by her stepfather.
“It terrifies me to know that someone could do that," said neighbor Jo Moore.
Moore has lived off Moss Avenue for years. She heard stories of the family back then turning visitors away, keeping the children isolated.
FBI agents recently visited their Wagoner street asking questions as part of their investigation. Suspect Henri Piette is now in federal custody after being extradited to Oklahoma from Mexico Friday. Court documents state the victim found help at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico, which led to Piette's capture.
“This type of case is very peculiar," said Wagoner County District Attorney Jack Thorpe.
Thorpe, working alongside the FBI, says time was a factor in collecting evidence to present in court.
“But we also have some of the technology that they didn’t have back in the '90s," Thorpe said.
The DA says he hasn’t communicated with the victim, who we’ve chosen not to name, but says he plans on getting justice for her and her family.
“We anticipate we’ll be successful in this case," Thorpe said.
In the meantime, the now adult victim has spoken out to national media. A recent People magazine edition is full of photos from her past, one that began at the home off Moss Avenue so long ago.
“I think she may have got her justice, maybe hopefully," Moore said.
Piette is charged with lewd molestation, rape and child abuse by injury. He is set to appear in federal court in Muskogee Wednesday morning.