Criminal Law Man Who Kept Woman As Sex Slave Gets 20 Years

Published on September 16th, 2013 | by Daniel R. Perlman

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Man Who Kept Woman As Sex Slave Gets 20 Years

A southwest Missouri man was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison Wednesday for holding a young woman captive as a sex slave for six years.

Edward Bagley initially faced 11 federal charges accusing him of enticing an underage girl to be his sex slave, torturing and mutilating her, and allowing others to watch and participate in the torture sessions. In January, he pleaded guilty to one count of using an interstate facility to entice a minor into illegal sexual conduct.

Bagley agreed to the 20-year prison sentence as part of his plea arrangement – a deal his victim says will spare her from having to relive her ordeal in public.

Prosecutors said Bagley, 46, and his wife, Marilyn, recruited the woman to live with them in their rural Lebanon, Mo., trailer in late 2002 and groomed her to become Bagley’s sex slave. The Bagleys have insisted he didn’t have sex with her until she turned 18 and that the often-extreme sex acts were consensual, but prosecutors believe it started years before that and was forced on the woman.

She described how the Bagleys initially showed her images and videos of people practicing bondage, dominance, sadism and masochism – or BDSM – and told her it was fun. She signed a contract on her 18th birthday that Bagley said made her his sex slave for life.

As part of his sentence, Bagley also agreed to pay about $123,000 toward future counseling and medical care for the woman, who’s now 27. Attorneys for Bagley declined to comment after his sentencing Wednesday.

The case came to light in early 2009 when the woman, then 23, was hospitalized after what prosecutors said was a torture session. Then-U.S. Attorney Beth Phillips called the case one of “the most horrific ever prosecuted in this district.”

Two other men were sentenced in the case Wednesday – Bradley Cook and Dennis Henry. Marilyn Bagley and another two defendants – Michael Stokes and James Noel – will be sentenced Thursday.

As part of Cook’s plea deal, charges accusing him of trying to hire someone to kill the woman while he was in federal custody in Leavenworth, Kan., in the case were dropped.

Prosecutors also alleged in court documents that Cook tried to hire a hit man to kill Assistant U.S. Attorney Cynthia Cordes, but no charges were filed. As part of his sentence, Cook is not to have contact – or encourage others to have contact – with the victim or anyone involved with investigating and prosecuting his case.

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Source: huffingtonpost.com “Man Who Kept Woman As Sex Slave Gets 20 Years,” September 16, 2013.

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