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Missouri man James Noel pleads guilty in "horrific" sex slave case

(AP Photo, file)
Missouri man James Noel pleads guilty in "horrific" sex slave case
(AP Photo, file)

(CBS/AP) KANSAS CITY, Mo. - James Noel, a southwest Missouri man, has admitted that he paid money to torture a young woman who was being held as a sex slave in a rural trailer in a case a prosecutor described as "one of the most horrific" in the Western District of Missouri.

The forty-five-year-old pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in Kansas City to one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion.

Four other men are facing federal charges in the case. The alleged "mastermind" of the operation, Edward "Master Ed" Bagley, is accused of branding, torturing and sexually abusing the mentally disabled woman over a period of five years at a Lebanon, Mo., trailer home. 

Three men in addition to Noel are accused of paying Bagley to either watch him torture the mentally disabled woman, now 25, online or torture her themselves, prosecutors told St. Louis Today.

As part of the plea, Noel agreed to cooperate with the government and testify in court.

Noel admitted that he shocked the woman using an electrical device, even though she had complained that it was painful.

Noel's attorney and federal prosecutors declined to comment after the hearing.

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