James Noel pleaded guilty Thursday to his role in the disturbing Missouri sex slave case in which a mentally deficient woman was allegedly sexually abused and tortured for several years.
Noel told authorities that he and other men used a crank phone to shock the woman with the device wired to some very, very sensitive areas (read about it here). Our friends at the Riverfront Times got ahold of the probable-cause statement, which explains how the whole sordid case came together. Read it after the jump.
According to the RFT, Noel told
prosecutors that he found out about the woman at a Lebanon strip club.
When he arrived at the trailer of alleged slave master Edward
Bagley Sr., he found a half-naked woman being shocked
with an electronic dildo. Noel didn't leave; his "perverted curiosity"
kept him at the trailer.
Noel ended up paying to electrocute the woman, and he allegedly
witnessed Bagley tell stories about trying to "fuck her to death" as
well as telling stories about teaching the woman the ways of S&M
when she was 17.
Here's the probable-cause statement in its entirety:
In 2006, JAMES NOEL met Edward Bagley through a joint
friend, Michael Stokes. NOEL
became friends with Stokes a few months before meeting Bagley while
visiting local strip clubs in
Lebanon, Missouri, located in the Western District of Missouri. Stokes
told NOEL that Bagley had
obtained a "slave," "it was the real deal and you had to see it to
believe it." Stokes told NOEL that
"it was better than the strip clubs," and that "she does whatever Bagley
tells her to do." Stokes told
NOEL that Bagley allowed other people to "do stuff to her" and engage in
oral and vaginal sex with
the girl. Stokes told NOEL that he had already engaged in both vaginal
and oral sex with her
In 2007 the
"slave" (bottom) appeared on the cover of the fetish mag, Taboo.
went with Stokes to the Bagley trailer in a wooded area in Lebanon,
Noel entered the residence, the girl was sitting on the floor inside the
Bagley residence. She was
wearing feet restraints and very little clothing, including nothing
above the waist. The "girl" is the
Female Victim ("FV") named in the indictment. Bagley invited them inside
and told FV to do
exercises while Noel, Bagley, and Stokes talked. FV obeyed. FV was
at the time. FV was "not smart" and did not appear to have a full mental
capacity of someone her
age. She did everything that Bagley told her to do. Bagley laid down the
rules and threatened to kick
NOEL and Stokes out of the trailer if they did not follow the rules.
Bagley especially issued orders
to FV. He referred to her only as "slave" and she was only allowed to
call Bagley "master." NOEL
had never seen anything like it and stayed out of "perverted curiosity."
Bagley tortured FV by
hooking FV up to an electrical device that was connected to a dildo
while Noel and Stokes watched.
The device sent electrical pulses to the dildo and shocked FV at random
time intervals and random
intensities. Bagley told Noel and Stokes that FV had done something
wrong and he was training
her to remember not to do it again. While FV was hooked to the device
and being shocked, Bagley
was chatting with NOEL and Stokes. Stokes was clearly excited to be
there and enjoyed watching
Stokes provided Bagley with $1,000 for Bagley to transport FV
to California. He also
brought Bagley steaks, cigarettes, cots, clothing, lighters, and cash
when he came to the residence
for sessions with FV. Additionally, Stokes paid Bagley $300 for Bagley
to build a "fucking machine"
to use on FV. Stokes admitted he flogged FV, shocked her vaginal opening
with a violet wand,
tortured her with a sensory deprivation device, and watched Bagley
torture her with a crank phone
while she was confined to a dog cage.
NOEL continued to visit the
Bagley residence. NOEL would call Bagley on the telephone
and schedule the meetings. During these meetings Bagley would torture FV
while NOEL watched
and sometimes allow NOEL to operate the devices. Bagley introduced FV to
"bondage" when she
was 17-years-old. Bagley said the first year he knew FV, he "tried to
fuck her to death." Bagley had FV previously sign a sex slave contract.
Bagley showed NOEL the contract and there was a
"checklist" of everything that FV had to do as his slave. If Bagley had
ever established a safe word,
FV was not allowed to use a safe word to stop the abuse. It was obvious
that if the FV attempted to
ask Bagley to stop, Bagley would make the session more painful for her.
NOEL had Bagley test a
few devices on his arm because he was curious how painful they were. The
violet wand was not that
painful to NOEL, but the crank phone and another electrical device that
Bagley used on FV were
NOEL used the crank phone and another
electrical device on FV during his visits to the
Bagley residence. These devices were wired inside FV's vaginal and anal
openings and to her toes
at the start of the sessions. NOEL electrocuted FV with the crank phone,
but did not kill her.
Sometimes Bagley and NOEL would each use a crank phone on her at the
same time. NOEL paid
$300 for a special "show" that lasted 2-3 hours that included these sex
acts. Stokes wanted to attend
the special show, but Bagley would not let him attend. During that
special show, Bagley said he had
to be very careful that night with FV, because he was taking
her to a photo shoot soon and he did not
want any burns or marks on her.
NOEL knew that FV hated the crank
phone prior to him using it on her. She had previously
told Bagley she would do anything if he would spare shocking or
electrocuting her with the crank
phone. Bagley and NOEL used the crank phone on her anyway. Bagley told
NOEL that on one
occasion, Bagley cranked FV so intensely that she urinated on herself.
Bagley told NOEL he did that
because FV had gotten out of line and he needed her to get "back in
line." Bagley had at least two
crank phones he used on FV, a five-bar, and a three-bar crank phone.
also showed NOEL photographs of FV with her vagina labia pinned to the
she was standing. Bagley also showed NOEL pictures of FV's vagina
swollen. Bagley bragged that
he had ripped FV's vagina labia. Bagley offered to have FV sew her own
vagina while NOEL
Bagley told NOEL that he was going to set up a website
where he could stream video
"shows" of him torturing FV over the internet and people would have to
pay to see them. Bagley
asked NOEL to invest in the website, but NOEL declined. Before Bagley
and FV went to California,
Bagley had FV do practice video shows.
Bagley told NOEL that he
had killed a couple of people in the past over a drug debt. Bagley
used marijuana regularly and possessed firearms in his residence. Bagley
said he overpowered the
two people, took them to an abandoned house, and tortured and killed
them. FV was present during
these statements and based on her demonstrated mental capacity, would
have easily believed him.
FV appeared emotionally and mentally attached to Bagley without anyway
to leave. It was obvious
when you met FV that she was mentally delayed for her age. She lacked
the ability to communicate
normally and had a limited vocabulary. FV did not have any ability to
offer an opinion or refuse the
orders from Bagley. If she had tried, Bagley would punish her for doing
In approximately 2007, Bagley had FV begin dancing to make money for
him. FV was
Bagley's only way to make it financially. Bagley said "my bitch is
making me about $1,800 a
week." NOEL went to the club where FV danced. FV had to give Bagley the
money after she was
finished dancing, and NOEL saw her do it. FV would come off the stage
after collecting money and
hand it to Bagley. FV was not allowed to keep the money. NOEL witnessed
Bagley scream and
reprimand FV at the club. Bagley made a video to help promote FV at the
club and it would play
repetitively at the bar. Bagley said he had to "make his money while FV
still had her youth." During
this time period, Bagley told NOEL he had to slow down on the sessions
at home with FV because
Bagley could not afford to have her all marked up while she was making
money for him dancing.
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