As a child my sister and I were placed in the care of a pedophile in our congregation—Meet Travis Foote who, with his wife, baby sat us kids.
Travis raped his two daughters (younger than Heather and I who were in our early teens).
He later is convicted and sentenced when he, with another man, raped, beaten, and then throw a woman over a bridge left for dead.
She survived the 35-foot fall with a broken neck and brought Travis to a measure of justice.
Travis Foote raped his two daughters… and then…
I didn’t learn about Travis until after I’d moved away from home. I moved to Texas, the Foote’s moved to Oklahoma.
Travis had sex repeatedly with his own nieces who were barely ‘old enough to bleed’.
Back home, Travis and his family (his wife Michelle and their children) were in our congregation.
My mother let us stay over at their place. She thought it was okay because Michelle, his wife, was around. Yet we weren’t allowed to play at our friend’s homes if they had older brothers.
I once threw a milkshake on him at the dinner table for something he did to me under the table, literally. I got sent to my room for the milkshake incident. Funny how things work out, huh?
No one knew about Michelle’s daughters being raped. He wasn’t convicted of raping his daughters because no one brought that to the police.
(See Watchtower related policies which protect predators inside the congregation.)
It’s just a side fact in another case, where his “former wife, Michelle Finney, testified that Petitioner had told her that he had had sexual relations with other young girls. She further testified that Petitioner had told her about his sexual fantasies involving young girls. See TR III at 634-648.”
Michelle testifies “told her he had tried to have intercourse with H. F., his cousin who was then twelve or thirteen years old, but that “it hurt her and he had to stop.”” (see court appeal Travis filed)
He had sex with the other cousin, A.F. prior to her being 15 years old.
Michelle found a note from her to Travis stating “she didn’t regret what had happened between them”.
He had sex with another girl, Tamara when she was 15 or 16. Later she becomes his girlfriend.
At the trial her then 11 year old niece testifies as the star witness, detailing Travis’ abuse of her when she was seven years old.
In a charging information filed on December 16, 2003,…
Petitioner was charged with the offenses of
- Rape in the First Degree,
- Forcible Oral Sodomy, and
- Assault and Battery with Intent to Kill.
The charges … involve a violent sexual assault of a female victim by two men.
The victim was taken by the men in a pick-up truck to a remote location in Pottawatomie County where she was raped, beaten, and then thrown over a bridge.
The victim survived the attack, although she sustained serious injuries in the approximately 35-foot fall from the bridge, including a broken neck … [After an initial mistrial],… Petitioner was charged with the offenses of
- Rape in the First Degree,
- Assault and Battery with Intent to Kill, and
- Kidnapping …
[T]he jury found Petitioner guilty of all three counts and recommended sentences of thirty years, twenty years, and ten years, respectively.