Courts & Crime

Man sentenced to 25 years for prostituting 12-year-old as dominatrix

former Blue Springs man who prostituted a 12-year-old girl into years of degrading sexual servitude was sentenced today to 25 years in federal prison.

Todd Barkau was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, where his co-defendant — the girl's mother — was sentenced in May to 15 years for her role in allowing Barkau to train and market her daughter as a dominatrix.

District Judge Nanette Laughrey also ordered Barkau to pay $200,000 in restitution for future counseling costs incurred by the victim, now in her 20s and married.

The victim's mother, who is not being named to protect her daughter's identity, was ordered at her sentencing to pay the same amount.

Barkau, 38, and the girl’s mother, 46, pleaded guilty last September to commercial sexual trafficking of a minor. Barkau’s sentencing was delayed while he underwent a psychological examination to determine his mental competency.

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