Michael Stokes changes plea in Lebanon, Missouri sex slave case

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Kansas City, Mo. (AP) - A fourth man has pleaded guilty to taking part in a conspiracy to sexually torture a young woman at a southwest Missouri home.

The U.S. Attorney's office says Michael Stokes, 63, of Lebanon, Mo., entered the plea Thursday in federal court in Kansas City. He faces to up to five years in prison.

Stokes was among five men charged with sexually torturing the young woman in the Lebanon mobile home of Edward Bagley. Bagley's wife, Marilyn, has also been charged with conspiracy.

Prosecutors say the woman was groomed by the Bagleys to be a sex slave. Stokes was accused of paying to have sex with and torture the woman.

The Bagleys have pleaded not guilty.

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