Federal prosecutors call it "a shocking, a horrific crime". Tuesday, a Missouri man admitted he tortured a woman for years.
The abuse took place at the 45-year-old man's home in Lebanon, MO, and the details of the case are very disturbing.
Edward Bagley Sr., also known as "Master Ed," decided he wasn't going to take his chances with a jury and changed his plea in a sex abuse case to guilty. Under the terms of the plea agreement, Bagley will serve 20 years in prison with no parole and also pay restitution to the victim who is now 23 years old.
The charge he pleaded guilty to was count four in the federal indictment, use of an interstate facility to entice a minor into illegal sexual conduct.
"Both the interest of the victim and the cause of justice have been served today," Tammy Dickinson, United States attorney for the Western District of Missouri said in a press release. "The victim is spared having to endure a difficult trial and she can continue her healing process."
In 2002, Bagley used the internet to lure a minor, who was 16 at the time and in the foster care system, for sex.
When the victim turned 18, the woman was reportedly presented with a "sex slave" contract. Prosecutors said, over the next five years, she was sexually tortured and mutilated, which included acts of choking, piercing and shocking. The case was brought to the attention of authorities after one such session sent her to the hospital.
Five others, including Bagley's wife, Marilyn, have already pleaded guilty in connection to the case. The judge ordered a pre-sentencing investigation which will take about two months to complete.
"Today's guilty plea brings closure to a shocking and horrific case," Dickinson said. "Six defendants now have been brought to justice for their roles in the brutal sexual torture and enslavement of a young woman who was just a teenager when the victimization began."
If the judge agrees with the findings, he could set aside the plea for another hearing. If he agrees, Bagley's sentencing will commence.
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