Kirkwood man charged in sex torture case must stay in jail

2011-08-03T12:42:00Z 2013-01-21T12:14:14Z Kirkwood man charged in sex torture case must stay in jailBY ROBERT PATRICK • rpatrick@post-dispatch.com > 314-621-5154 stltoday.com

KANSAS CITY • A Kirkwood man accused of involvement in a group of men who sexually abused and tortured a mentally disabled woman must stay in jail until trial, a federal judge has ruled.

Last month, lawyers for Bradley Cook accused federal prosecutors of using deceptive jailhouse informers, playing up accusations against him and concealing exculpatory information.

But U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert E. Larsen ruled July 28 that he had not relied on any of the information that lawyers called into question when deciding last fall that Cook should be held in jail.

"Defendant is essentially attempting to have a mini-trial (or perhaps not so mini) under the guise of a detention hearing," Larsen wrote.

Cook and four other Missouri men were indicted in September. Two have since pleaded guilty, and the wife of the alleged ringleader was added to the indictment.

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