Stanley “Scott” Sadler served more than eight years of a 10-year sentence for sexually exploiting a 14-year-old girl as his “sex slave” before the state Court of Appeals vacated his conviction and he was released last year.
Sadler was charged Wednesday with attempted commercial sex abuse of a minor, accused of agreeing to pay a 15-year-old girl $150 for sex in the “dungeon” he built in his Spanaway home, according to King County prosecutors.
This time, though, his alleged victim was fictitious: Sadler, who was arrested July 5 when he showed up at a Federal Way mall to pick up the girl, had actually spent two days exchanging graphic emails with a Seattle police detective, describing the sex acts — including bondage and torture — he had planned, the charges say.
Sadler — who had posted an online ad looking for “a young tight bodied” female “willing to have sex without birth control” — had $150 cash and a handcuff key on him at the time of his arrest, according to the charges.
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“If the person responding to the ad had been an actual 15-year-old, there is no doubt the defendant would have gone through with his sexual plans,” Senior Deputy Prosecutor Carla Carlstrom wrote in charging papers.
Sadler, 56, remains in the King County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bail.
According to police, Sadler claimed he showed up at the mall with the intent to check the 15-year-old’s identification and “nothing sexual was going to occur” if she was indeed a minor, charging papers say.
During his 2006 trial in Pierce County, Sadler also claimed to have checked the identification of the 14-year-old, whom he accused of forging a birth certificate and showing it to him over a webcam, according to court documents in the 2004 case. Prosecutors, however, argued that was a lie and that Sadler knew the girl was much younger than the 19-year-old she claimed to be, the records say.
The court file in the 2004 case shows Sadler’s defense blaming the 14-year-old for manipulating Sadler, who was charged with 38 felonies — including kidnapping and child rape — but was convicted of eight counts of sexual exploitation of a minor for pornographic photographs he took of the girl, the records show.
The photos included images of the girl with a hood over her head, in chains and straps, and engaged in sex with a man and a woman, court records say.
The girl, a chronic runaway from a dysfunctional family, had been hospitalized for suicide attempts and self-mutilation incidents before meeting Sadler online, according to court records.
After she ran away from a foster home in Camas, Clark County, Sadler drove more than 200 miles round-trip to pick her up and take her camping with his three children before bringing her back to the Fircrest apartment where he was living in September 2004, the records say.
After a detective in Clark County issued a bulletin for the missing girl — who was known to meet older men on the Internet and engage in sadomasochistic sex — her email and computer usage were traced to Sadler’s apartment, according to the records.
Police went to Sadler’s apartment and found the girl unconscious on his bed, surrounded by bondage gear and sex toys, say the records. A second bedroom had been turned into a dungeon, with black plastic covering the walls, according to the records.
The 14-year-old never testified at Sadler’s trial, and court records indicate that Pierce County prosecutors suspected her biological mother helped her run away to avoid testifying.
Sadler appealed his 2006 conviction, which was overturned by the state Court of Appeals in 2008 because of a wrongly executed search warrant on Sadler’s residence and because the trial judge improperly heard a challenge during jury selection in the jury room, violating Sadler’s right to a public trial, court records show.
Pierce County prosecutors appealed the ruling to the state Supreme Court, before dismissing the case in May 2013 because Sadler’s victim refused to testify at a second trial and he had already served most of his sentence, court records show.
He was released from prison on May 21, 2013, according to the state Department of Corrections.
Sara Jean Green: 206-515-5654 or firstname.lastname@example.org