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Father Pleaded For Missing Teen’s Safe Return. Now He’s Facing Rape Charges After She Was Found

Monroe County Sheriff’s Department

On January 13, a Tennessee 14-year-old was seen in her Madisonville home for the last time.

The girl was nowhere to be seen when her parents went into her bedroom the next morning, according to Fox17.

Sheets and some of her clothes were missing from the room, leading police to believe she may have been a runaway.

After more than two weeks missing, police located the teen alive on Thursday in Wisconsin. Authorities said she did run away in order to escape a bad situation at home.

Now, her adoptive father, Randall Pruitt, has been charged with rape.

Randall Pruitt/Facebook

Monroe County Sheriff Tommy Jones stated that the 14-year-old is healthy and doing well. He said at a press conference:

“She is safe she is in custody, and that’s the best outcome for the the situation.”

Pruitt was arrested and charged with rape on Thursday. Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement:

The Monroe County (TN) Sheriff’s Office has release the following information. Randall Pruitt has been arrested and charged with rape. No other information can be released at this time due to compromising the integrity of the investigation. More details will be released when the investigation is complete.

A large search, which involved the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), ensued after the teen’s disappearance. It remains unclear how she ended up in Wisconsin.

Pruitt spoke to media and posted about the search for his adoptive daughter on social media during the time she was missing.

He said at a press conference:

“It’s like having your soul ripped out of your body. You can’t think, you can’t eat, you can’t sleep, you can’t rest — life has just ceased for us since she left.”

The day before his arrest, he posted on Facebook about the teen’s story being featured on “Good Morning America.” He wrote:

“We made it on gma!”

It’s currently unclear if more charges are forthcoming. According to WKRN, the sheriff said there’s a  “possibility of multiple charges with multiple people being involved.”

Pruitt was the teen’s adoptive father for “several years,” Jones said.

Watch the full press conference below:

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  1. why do y’all keep messing with these children leave them alone you got crackheads holes prostitutes I mean even got faggets out here gay men go sleep with them leave these kids alone and I hope they hang your ass out to dry

  2. well looks like we hanged this guy before a real investigation has been done, may a trouble teen, maybe lying before we nail him , and then he may be as guilty as a sting bee lets find out

    • I have to agree with the last reply. It seem in today times, we are guilty until proven we are not. I do pray that if this young lady is right, then we can have a hanging at high noon.

  3. If he is guilty don’t hang him , nail his penis to a fence and give him a pocket knife and leave him to do what he has to do to free himself…..

  4. Physically Castrate him, stop his bleeding g with a white hot iron, toss him is general population after telling them one not to kill him or they suffer the same fate and two anything else goes.

  5. You just never know the last time I passed judgment on a father he was innocent the daughter had gotten mad cause she couldn’t go to a concert I promised myself then I wouldn’t. Ever do that again so who knows it happens a lot the child gets mad and does that

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