Tue December 20, 2011
Defendant in Mo. sex slave case changes plea
A suburban St. Louis man has pleaded guilty to participating in the commercial sex trafficking of a woman whom prosecutors allege was coerced into being a sex slave.
Thirty-three-year-old Bradley Cook of Kirkwood entered the plea Tuesday in federal court in Kansas City.
The case revolves around a woman who said she was a teenager when she moved into the rural Lebanon, Mo., trailer of co-defendant Edward Bagley and his wife. The accuser said she was used as a sex slave for years and came to authorities only after going into cardiac arrest after a torture session.
Prosecutors said Cook watched the victim being abused in live online sessions. They said he also traveled to Lebanon, where he provided sexually explicit images so he could participate in torture sessions.