Couple Pleads Guilty To Training 12-Year-Old As Sexual Dominatrix

A man and a woman accused of training the woman's 12-year-old daughter as a sexual dominatrix in Missouri and prostituting her online are going to prison.

Thirty-seven-year-old Todd Barkau and the girl's 45-year-old mother pleaded guilty Thursday to sex trafficking of a child. The woman will serve 15 years in federal prison and Barkau will serve 25 years under a plea deal.

Officials say the two lived in a Kansas City suburb when Barkau began having sex with the girl in 2000 when she was 12, showing her how to perform sex acts with men including bondage and sadomasochism.

She was prostituted from January 2002 to February 2005, mainly through a Web site.

The woman isn't being named to protect her daughter's identity.


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  • by Wanda Location: Kenansville on Sep 29, 2009 at 08:42 AM
    This is a good example as to why s child is strewed mentally by dyfunctional parents.
  • by a Mom Location: Greenville on Sep 27, 2009 at 11:32 AM
    she may have been a mother..but not a MOM....I can"t imagine what that childs view on love is now
  • by John Y Location: Richlands on Sep 27, 2009 at 10:47 AM
    That is the ones that have been caught to date just ho many have not been. Makes one wonder what they will come up with next. There has been plenty in and around this part of NC. I don't think it has gone this far as yet that the law has found anyway. Far enough!
  • by Do WHAT Location: Greenville on Sep 27, 2009 at 10:22 AM
    I seem to have missed something in the news report about ACORN and the story of the 12 year old girl that was being prostituted by her mother and friend?There are a lot of good people that are associated with Acorn.I hope the ones guilty are punished,but when When I see criticism like this I wonder if you are one of those Moral Republicans that hide behind comments like this trying to moralize yourself. Wonder if people making comments like this about ACORN and this 12 yr old child are the jons that keep this internet behavior going on.
  • by Matt Location: NC on Sep 27, 2009 at 07:38 AM
    Yes. This is sick. I wonder if ACORN would've been ok with this too? I wonder if they would've given taxpayer money to the parents to help them with their small sick business?
  • by Rick Location: New Bern on Sep 27, 2009 at 06:40 AM
    The court was lenient in their sentences .With good behavior they will be out in 1/3 the time.No parole should be granted.What in the h*** were these people thinking???
  • by Sickened & Saddened Location: Loss for words on Sep 26, 2009 at 07:49 PM
    ...seriously sickened and totally at a loss for words, this little girl never had a chance. Get these parasites out of the jail and put them to death, if there has ever been a case in need of the death penalty this is it!
  • by c on Sep 26, 2009 at 06:42 PM
    What happened to mothers providing guidance and love to their children. I think 15 and 25 years are not enough time to learn this lesson. Poor girl she will probably never be the same again.
  • by Cookie Location: North Carolina on Sep 26, 2009 at 12:42 PM
    I just can't believe that these sick, perverted, horible poeple are actually living in this society.. God have mercy on your soul!!!
  • by Anonymous on Sep 26, 2009 at 09:16 AM
    Some people are to sick for words!!
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