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Bagley Sentenced in Sex Slave Case

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Lebanon man who pleaded guilty to using the Internet to groom and entice a minor that led to a massive sex slavery case has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for the offense.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Lebanon man who pleaded guilty to using the Internet to groom and entice a minor that led to a massive sex slavery case has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for the offense.

Edward Bagley Sr., also known as "Master Ed," was sentenced today (Wednesday) in federal court. Under a plea agreement, the 45-year-old faces 20 years in federal prison without parole, as well as restitution to the victim.

Two other defendants, Bradley Cook and Dennis Henry, also are to be sentenced today.

Three more defendants in the case are to be sentenced tomorrow, including Marilyn Bagley, Edward Bagley's wife.

Bagley met the 16-year-old victim in 2002 when she was dating his son. The victim was tortured over a six-year period by strangulation, suffocation, breast and vaginal penetration with skewers, and electrical voltage.

The five other defendants also pleaded guilty to their roles in a conspiracy to commit sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion. This is the first time nationwide that the customers have been convicted under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act in a sex trafficking case in which the victim was an adult.

--Marilyn Bagley pleaded guilty on Dec. 6, 2012, to her role in the conspiracy. According to Marilyn Bagley's plea agreement, the victim was subject to sadistic acts of torture that increased in quantity and intensity over a six-year time period. They involved, for example, strangulation, suffocation, breast and vaginal penetration with skewers, and electrical voltage. 

-- Co-defendant Michael Stokes, 47, of Lebanon, pleaded guilty on Jan. 5, 2012, to participating in the conspiracy. Under federal statutes, Stokes is subject to a sentence of up to five years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $250,000 and an order of restitution.

--Co-defendant Bradley Cook, 34, of Kirkwood, pleaded guilty on Dec. 20, 2011, to participating in the conspiracy. Under the terms of a binding plea agreement, Cook is subject to a sentence of 20 years in federal prison without parole. Cook must also pay restitution to the victim. In addition to the sentence of imprisonment, the court may impose a term of supervised release up to life. Cook must also forfeit to the government the computer media he used to commit the offense.

-- Dennis Henry, 53, of Wheatland, formerly the postmaster of Nevada, Mo., pleaded guilty on March 24, 2011, to participating in the conspiracy. Henry also pleaded guilty to transporting the victim across state lines for sexual activity. Under federal statutes, Henry is subject to a sentence of up to 15 years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $500,000 and an order of restitution.

--James Noel, 47, of Springfield, pleaded guilty on Feb. 24, 2011, to participating in the conspiracy. Noel admitted that he was one of the customers who sexually abused and tortured the woman. FV. Under federal statutes, Noel is subject to a sentence of up to five years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $250,000 and an order of restitution.

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