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Missouri Sex Slave Case: Man Gets 20 Years
A man has been jailed for 20 years for holding a young woman captive as a sex slave for six years.
Edward Bagley, 46, initially faced 11 charges 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 enticing a minor into illegal sexual conduct.
He agreed to the 20-year sentence as part of a plea bargain - a deal his victim says will spare her from having to relive her ordeal in public.
"Even though Ed pleaded guilty, he still hasn't told the truth," the woman, now 27, told the court in Kansas City.
Bagley and his wife Marilyn recruited her when she was 16 to live with them in their trailer in Lebanon, Missouri, and groomed her to become Bagley's sex slave.
The couple insisted he did not have sex with her until she turned 18 and that the extreme sadomasochistic abuse was consensual.
But prosecutors believe it started years before that and was forced on the woman.
"I had no idea he was going to make it an every-single-night thing," the victim said in a court statement. "It started bad and got worse and worse."
She described how the Bagleys initially showed her images and videos of people involved in sadistic sex acts - and told her it was fun.
She signed a contract on her 18th birthday that Bagley claimed made her his sex slave for life.
As part of his sentence, Bagley also agreed to pay $123,000 (£82,000) towards her future counselling and medical care.
The case came to light in 2009 when the woman was taken to hospital after what prosecutors said was a torture session.
Federal prosecutors called the case one of the most horrific crimes prosecuted in the western district of Missouri.
Two of Bagley's customers - Bradley Cook and Dennis Henry - were jailed for 20 years and 10 years respectively for sex trafficking.
Marilyn Bagley and another two defendants - Michael Stokes and James Noel - will be sentenced on Thursday.