Friday, September 10, 2010

Edward Bagley Sr. accused of forcing woman with mental illness to be his sex slave

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This is the Chinese symbol for "slave."
  • This is the Chinese symbol for "slave."
This is the Chinese symbol for "slave."
A young woman with mental illness was sexually abused, tortured, branded and forced to work as a stripper during a five-year commercial sex trafficking conspiracy that started in a Lebanon, Missouri, home, according to an 11-count federal grand jury indictment.

The ring was discovered after the victim, referred to as FV, went into cardiac arrest while 43-year-old Edward Bagley Sr. allegedly suffocated and electrocuted her.



The alleged abuse started when Bagley promised FV, a 16-year-old

runaway, that he could help her become a model and

a dancer. She moved into his trailer home in Lebanon in December 2002, and Bagley

gave her a bedroom of her own, clothes and food. That wasn't all. He's

also accused of giving her marijuana and ecstasy, showing her

pornography and introducing her to S&M.

The sexual torture allegedly began In

February 2004, after FV turned 18. But just doing it wasn't enough for

Bagley. He allegedly wanted it in writing, coercing the girl to sign a

"sex slave contract" and convincing her that she was legally bound to be

his slave for the rest of her life.

If FV cried or tried to

stop him, Bagley allegedly ramped up the torture and threatened to kill

the girl. The threats apparently weren't idle. He kept numerous guns in

the home and allegedly demonstrated his willingness to kill by shooing

animals FV cared for in front of her. He's also accused of

threatening to bury the girl alive and showed her a video of how he'd do it.

As

if the "sex slave contract" wasn't enough, Bagley allegedly had FV

tattooed -- a bar code on her neck, a tribal tattoo with the letter

"S" on her back for "slave" and the Chinese symbol for slave on her

ankle -- to mark her as his property.

Bagley's alleged torture

wasn't discrete; he's accused of offering live online torture webcasts with

FV from February 2005 to February 2009. He's also accused of offering

her to others to torture and sexually abuse.

Four men are accused of taking him up on the sick offer. They are 62-year-old Michael Stokes, a former representative of the DAV; 50-year-old Dennis Henry, the postmaster general of Nevada, Missouri; 44-year-old James Noel; and 31-year-old Bradley Cook.

According

to the indictment, Stokes paid Bagley with steaks, cigarettes, coats,

clothing, lighters and cash. Stokes also let Bagley watch while he

allegedly sexually abused and tortured the girl. He paid Bagley $300 for

one session, and also helped pay for Bagley to build a home-made device

to sexually torture the girl.

Henry also is accused of letting

Bagley watch. Stokes and Henry are also accused of paying Bagley $2,900

so he could take FV to California in December 2006 for a photo shoot in

which FV performed sex acts. Henry tagged along on the trip.

$300

appears to be a common price for a torture session. Noel allegedly paid

that much to sexually abuse and torture the girl.

Cook is also accused of sexually abusing and torturing the girl. He also streamed video of Bagley torturing FV.


If all of that wasn't enough, Bagley allegedly forced FV to

work as a stripper from June 2007 to February 2009. He kept all of her

earnings -- about $112,200. If she wasn't a "top earner" at the clubs,

Bagley allegedly tortured and physically and sexually abused her.

All five men are also charged with commercial sex trafficking and using the Internet to facilitate the unlawful activity.



Bagley also faces a charge of forced labor trafficking, document

servitude, using the Internet for enticement, enticement to travel for

sexual

activity, conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance to a person

under the age of 21 and being a drug user in possession of firearms and

ammunition.

Bagley and Henry also face a charge of transportation for sexual

activity. Cook is charged with being a drug user in possession of

firearms and ammunition.

A conviction for commercial sex trafficking comes with a mandatory

minimum 15-year prison sentence without parole. The penalty for being

convicted of commercial sex trafficking or forced labor trafficking that

involves aggravated sexual abuse is a maximum penalty of life in

federal prison without parole.


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