A Springfield man pleaded guilty yesterday to his role in a sordid sex slave case
in which a Missouri woman was allegedly tortured and kept against her will for seven years. James Noel
, 45, pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Kansas City to one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking force, fraud or coercion for which he could face up to five years in prison and $250,000 in fines. Neither of those penalties seem likely, though, if Noel agrees to cooperate with authorities in the prosecution of four other Missouri men caught up in the scandal.
Those men include the slave's alleged master, Edward Bagley Sr.
of Lebanon and three patrons believed to have paid Bagley for the privilege of participating and/or watching in the sex and torture of the now 24-year-old woman. Those men include Bradley Cook
of Kirkwood, Michael Stokes
of Lebanon and Dennis Henry
of Lebanon. The plight of the female slave -- who authorities say is mentally disabled -- was discovered two years ago after she was hospitalized following a heart attack allegedly caused from electro-shock used in her torture.
In his guilty plea, Noel tells prosecutors that he learned about the girl at a Lebanon strip club and couldn't believe his eyes when he arrived to Bagley's trailer to find the half-naked woman being shocked with an electronic dildo. Still, Noel stayed to watch out of "perverted curiosity."
Soon Noel was hooked, paying Bagley to witness and participate in electrocuting the woman and witnessing as Bagley told stories about trying to "f*** her to death" and how he introduced the slave -- a teen runaway -- to bondage when she was just 17.
Below is the entire, gruesome account as taken from Noel's plea agreement, including testimony of how Bagley allegedly profited off the woman and had her pinned to the wall -- literally.
In 2006, JAMES NOEL met Edward Bagley through a joint friend, Michael Stokes. NOEL
became friends with Stokes a few months before meeting Bagley while visiting local strip clubs in
Lebanon, Missouri, located in the Western District of Missouri. Stokes told NOEL that Bagley had
obtained a "slave," "it was the real deal and you had to see it to believe it." Stokes told NOEL that
"it was better than the strip clubs," and that "she does whatever Bagley tells her to do." Stokes told
NOEL that Bagley allowed other people to "do stuff to her" and engage in oral and vaginal sex with
the girl. Stokes told NOEL that he had already engaged in both vaginal and oral sex with her
NOEL went with Stokes to the Bagley trailer in a wooded area in Lebanon, Missouri. When
Noel entered the residence, the girl was sitting on the floor inside the Bagley residence. She was
wearing feet restraints and very little clothing, including nothing above the waist. The "girl" is the
Female Victim ("FV") named in the indictment. Bagley invited them inside and told FV to do
exercises while Noel, Bagley, and Stokes talked. FV obeyed. FV was approximately 20-years-old
at the time. FV was "not smart" and did not appear to have a full mental capacity of someone her
age. She did everything that Bagley told her to do. Bagley laid down the rules and threatened to kick
NOEL and Stokes out of the trailer if they did not follow the rules. Bagley especially issued orders
to FV. He referred to her only as "slave" and she was only allowed to call Bagley "master." NOEL
had never seen anything like it and stayed out of "perverted curiosity." Bagley tortured FV by
hooking FV up to an electrical device that was connected to a dildo while Noel and Stokes watched.
The device sent electrical pulses to the dildo and shocked FV at random time intervals and random
intensities. Bagley told Noel and Stokes that FV had done something wrong and he was training
her to remember not to do it again. While FV was hooked to the device and being shocked, Bagley
was chatting with NOEL and Stokes. Stokes was clearly excited to be there and enjoyed watching
In 2007 the "slave" (bottom) appeared on the cover of the fetish mag, Taboo.
Stokes provided Bagley with $1,000 for Bagley to transport FV to California. He also
brought Bagley steaks, cigarettes, cots, clothing, lighters, and cash when he came to the residence
for sessions with FV. Additionally, Stokes paid Bagley $300 for Bagley to build a "fucking machine"
to use on FV. Stokes admitted he flogged FV, shocked her vaginal opening with a violet wand,
tortured her with a sensory deprivation device, and watched Bagley torture her with a crank phone
while she was confined to a dog cage.
NOEL continued to visit the Bagley residence. NOEL would call Bagley on the telephone
and schedule the meetings. During these meetings Bagley would torture FV while NOEL watched
and sometimes allow NOEL to operate the devices. Bagley introduced FV to "bondage" when she
was 17-years-old. Bagley said the first year he knew FV, he "tried to fuck her to death." Bagley had FV previously sign a sex slave contract. Bagley showed NOEL the contract and there was a
"checklist" of everything that FV had to do as his slave. If Bagley had ever established a safe word,
FV was not allowed to use a safe word to stop the abuse. It was obvious that if the FV attempted to
ask Bagley to stop, Bagley would make the session more painful for her. NOEL had Bagley test a
few devices on his arm because he was curious how painful they were. The violet wand was not that
painful to NOEL, but the crank phone and another electrical device that Bagley used on FV were
NOEL used the crank phone and another electrical device on FV during his visits to the
Bagley residence. These devices were wired inside FV's vaginal and anal openings and to her toes
at the start of the sessions. NOEL electrocuted FV with the crank phone, but did not kill her.
Sometimes Bagley and NOEL would each use a crank phone on her at the same time. NOEL paid
$300 for a special "show" that lasted 2-3 hours that included these sex acts. Stokes wanted to attend
the special show, but Bagley would not let him attend. During that special show, Bagley said he had
to be very careful that night with FV, because he was taking her to a photo shoot soon and he did not
want any burns or marks on her.
NOEL knew that FV hated the crank phone prior to him using it on her. She had previously
told Bagley she would do anything if he would spare shocking or electrocuting her with the crank
phone. Bagley and NOEL used the crank phone on her anyway. Bagley told NOEL that on one
occasion, Bagley cranked FV so intensely that she urinated on herself. Bagley told NOEL he did that
because FV had gotten out of line and he needed her to get "back in line." Bagley had at least two
crank phones he used on FV, a five-bar, and a three-bar crank phone.
Bagley also showed NOEL photographs of FV with her vagina labia pinned to the wall while
she was standing. Bagley also showed NOEL pictures of FV's vagina swollen. Bagley bragged that
he had ripped FV's vagina labia. Bagley offered to have FV sew her own vagina while NOEL
Bagley told NOEL that he was going to set up a website where he could stream video
"shows" of him torturing FV over the internet and people would have to pay to see them. Bagley
asked NOEL to invest in the website, but NOEL declined. Before Bagley and FV went to California,
Bagley had FV do practice video shows.
Bagley told NOEL that he had killed a couple of people in the past over a drug debt. Bagley
used marijuana regularly and possessed firearms in his residence. Bagley said he overpowered the
two people, took them to an abandoned house, and tortured and killed them. FV was present during
these statements and based on her demonstrated mental capacity, would have easily believed him.
FV appeared emotionally and mentally attached to Bagley without anyway to leave. It was obvious
when you met FV that she was mentally delayed for her age. She lacked the ability to communicate
normally and had a limited vocabulary. FV did not have any ability to offer an opinion or refuse the
orders from Bagley. If she had tried, Bagley would punish her for doing so.
In approximately 2007, Bagley had FV begin dancing to make money for him. FV was
Bagley's only way to make it financially. Bagley said "my bitch is making me about $1,800 a
week." NOEL went to the club where FV danced. FV had to give Bagley the money after she was
finished dancing, and NOEL saw her do it. FV would come off the stage after collecting money and
hand it to Bagley. FV was not allowed to keep the money. NOEL witnessed Bagley scream and
reprimand FV at the club. Bagley made a video to help promote FV at the club and it would play
repetitively at the bar. Bagley said he had to "make his money while FV still had her youth." During
this time period, Bagley told NOEL he had to slow down on the sessions at home with FV because
Bagley could not afford to have her all marked up while she was making money for him dancing.
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