Edward Bagley Gets 20 Years For Keeping ‘Mentally Deficient’ Woman As Sex Slave

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After a Missouri man pleaded guilty in January to holding a "mentally deficient" young woman as a sex slave for six years, a federal judge sentenced him to 20 years in prison on Wednesday. Edward Bagley Sr., 46, pleaded guilty to one of the 11 counts he faced for having a sexual relationship with a minor. He was facing a life sentence.

Bagley held the victim in his trailer home from December 2002 to February 27, 2009. He subjected her to electrical shock, mutilation and other forms of abuse. The woman, who is referred to as FV (Female Victim) in court documents, was also "hung upside down," "water boarded" and had animals she cared about executed in front of her, CNN reported.

"In or about December 2002, (Bagley) invited FV, a 16-year-old minor, who grew up in foster care homes, into his residence after she ran away from home and promised her 'a great life,' including, but not limited to, making her a model and a dancer, and 'making her dreams come true,'" the indictment read. "(Bagley) advertised and publicized FV over the Internet and in live web cam sessions as his slave who would engage in sexual acts and could be tortured during live online sessions, or in person.”

Over the course of the six years, Bagley performed abortions on the victim using things like "vacuums, and clothing hangers for the purpose of terminating the pregnancies."

Five other defendants, four men and Bagley's wife, will be sentenced later this week. The four men allegedly traded Bagley things like "cigarettes, computer hard drives, sadomasochism videos, coats and meats" for the privilege of using the woman for sex.  

Sources: CNN, The Examiner