KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – The lawyer for a suburban St. Louis man convicted in a sex trafficking conspiracy asked a judge Tuesday to set a sentencing date or explain why his client is still being kept in solitary confinement six months after he pleaded guilty.
Bradley Cook, 33, of Kirkwood, has been in solitary confinement since December 2010, which is about when prosecutors say they learned he tried to hire a hit man to kill a woman once kept as a sex slave and the lead prosecutor in the case.
Cook has denied involvement in any such scheme. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion in a deal that calls for him to receive a 20-year prison sentence. He is being held in a western Missouri jail.
“He suffers from an extremely restrictive form of pretrial detention where he is unable even to leave his cell without the entire facility’s being locked down,” attorney Carter Collins Law wrote in a motion requesting a July sentencing date. “He gets no recreation, much less outside recreation. He is rarely even permitted a change of bed linens.”
Cook was arrested in September 2010 on charges that he participated in the sexual torture of a young woman held for years as a sex slave in a rural Lebanon mobile home.
Edward Bagley Jr., 45, and his wife, Marilyn Bagley, 46, are scheduled to go to trial Sept. 17 in Kansas City on a number of charges, including sex trafficking, forced labor trafficking, document servitude and use of an interstate facility to facilitate unlawful activity.
The charges involve a woman who says she moved into the Bagleys’ trailer in 2002, when she was a teenager, and was forced to be Edward Bagley’s sex slave. He is accused of giving her drugs, sexually abusing her while she was a minor and then torturing her after she turned 18.
Cook was accused of participating in the torture, as were three other men who also have pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge.
Law said she’s afraid Cook will be kept in solitary confinement until the Bagleys go to trial in September. Cook’s deal does not require him to testify against them.
“There is a concern … that Mr. Cook, who has no part to play in the upcoming trail, could be subjected to continued solitary confinement in a local jail indefinitely,” Law wrote.
Prosecutors have said Bagley persuaded the woman to sign a “sex slave contract” and tattooed her in several places, including with a bar code on her neck. He is accused of beating, whipping, flogging, suffocating, electrocuting and mutilating the young woman in videos posted on Internet sites and letting other men do the same.
Marilyn Bagley is accused of not doing anything to stop the abuse.
Prosecutors say the woman was forced to work as an exotic dancer and threatened with punishment if she was not a top earner at the clubs where she stripped.
She also appeared on the cover of the July 2007 issue of Taboo, a publication owned by Larry Flynt’s Hustler Magazine Group, and was the subject of a story inside.
© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.