In what was basically a formality, the parents who have been arrested and charged in the disappearance of their 14-year-old daughter were arraigned in Monroe County Criminal Court in Madisonville on Monday.
Randall Pruitt, 42, and Christina Leigh Pruitt, 39, both of Manis Road, Madisonville, both entered not guilty pleas to the charges against them. Randall Pruitt is charged with three counts of rape of a child and tampering with evidence while Christina Pruitt is charged with tampering with evidence.
After they entered the non-guilty pleas, Randall Pruitt was taken back to jail where he has been since January, unable to make his $2 million bond. Christina Pruitt made her bond and left the Monroe County Courthouse.
The two were indicted in a case that claims a Madisonville teenager suffered years of sexual abuse at the hands of Randall Pruitt, her adoptive father, before she finally found a man online who promised to help her and took her to Wisconsin where he also allegedly sexually abused her.
Christina Pruitt, the mother of the teenager, has been charged with tampering with evidence in the case. The indictment papers did not go into details about what the evidence was or how either Pruitt allegedly tampered with it, but said she and Randall Pruitt, the adoptive father, “did unlawfully and knowing that an investigation or official proceeding was pending or in progress, alter, destroy or conceal any record, document or thing with intent to impair its verity, legibility or availability as evidence in the investigation.”
The father was arrested in January after he and the mother had asked for help in locating their 14-year-old daughter who had disappeared in the middle of that month. The parents even held a press conference at the Monroe County Jail asking for help finding the girl before the father was arrested a few days later.
The girl was eventually found in Wisconsin in the home of Bryan Rogers, 31, who was also arrested in Wisconsin and charged with two counts of knowingly transporting the teen across state lines for the purpose of committing sexual assault of a child as well as persuading the minor to engage in sexual conduct for the purpose of capturing it on video, then transporting the video across state lines and lying to the FBI about not having any in-person contact with the teen.