KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A woman from Lebanon pleaded guilty in federal court on Thursday for her treatment of a woman who was coerced into being a sex slave for several years while she was tortured in a trailer home in a wooded area in Lebanon. Marilyn Bagley, 47, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Gary Fenner for her role in a conspiracy to commit sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion.
By pleading guilty, Bagley admitted the victim, identified as “Female Victim,” or “FV,” 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, penetration with skewers, and electrical voltage.
Bagley invited FV to stay overnight at her trailer home in 2002. In 2003, while the victim was still a minor, Bagley invited her to move in permanently. Bagley admitted she knew FV had previously been sexually and physically abused and grew up with a troubled life in foster care.
FV was shown images and videos of people engaging in bondage activities online and downloaded from the Internet. Bagley taught FV how to do basic things she did not know how to do, like dress, eat, wear makeup, cook and clean. Bagley also admitted she taught FV how to behave as a sex slave. Sadistic acts were conducted on FV, who would be punished if she did not do as instructed.
Bagley knew other individuals, including four co-defendants who have pleaded guilty in this case, came to the home to engage in sexual conduct and sadistic acts on FV. They provided bondage pornography, meat, cigarettes, and cash, among other items, in exchange for the sessions involving sexual conduct and sadistic acts on FV.
Under the terms of the binding plea agreement, Bagley will receive a sentence of probation. The government told the judge that Bagley is considered in a separate category from the other defendants in this case because she was a victim of extensive physical and emotional abuse for over 25 years prior to her criminal conduct and participation in the conspiracy. Her participation in the criminal conduct resulted in the abuse being redirected away from her and to the victim.
A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.
Bagley is the fifth defendant to be convicted in this case under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act.
Co-defendant Michael Stokes, also known as The Rodent, 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, also known as PutHer2GoodUse, 34, of Kirkwood, pleaded guilty on Dec. 20, 2011, for 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 judge 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.
Co-defendant Dennis Henry, 52, of Wheatland, formerly the postmaster of Nevada, Mo., pleaded guilty on March 24, 2011, for 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.
Co-defendant James Noel, 47, of Springfield, pleaded guilty on Feb. 24, 2011, for participating in the conspiracy. Noel admitted he was one of the customers who sexually abused and tortured FV. Noel watched the victim being tortured and sometimes operated torture devices himself beginning in 2006, when she was approximately 20 years old.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.