Stanley Scott Sadler was convicted of sex crimes related to a bizarre series of events that ended with police finding a 14-year-old girl cowering in his home surrounded by sex toys and chains. Those eight convictions - which saw Sadler sentenced to 10 years in prison - were tossed out due to a procedural error, and Pierce County prosecutors opted not to retry the case.
Now, though, Sadler is alleged to have propositioned an undercover Seattle Police Department detective posing as a 15-year-old girl. Sadler is alleged to have placed an advertisement online seeking a "young tight bodied" sex partner who didn't use birth control.
Sadler, 56, is alleged to have sent photos of a "dungeon" he built in his home, which he hoped to use with the girl.
"If the person responding to the ad had been an actual 15-year-old girl, there is no doubt the defendant would have gone through with his sexual plans," Senior Deputy Prosecutor Carla Carlstrom said in charging papers.
The allegations now made against Sadler share themes from those brought a decade ago, when the postal worker was alleged to have lured a 14-year-old runaway to his home for violent sex.
Filing charges in 2004, Pierce County prosecutors brought 38 counts against Sadler related to the incident. Among them were a kidnapping count and three child rape counts.
Sadler admitted he brought the teen to his home for sex. Lurid details flew at trial - they apparently had a shared interest in sexual domination, with Sadler acting as a "master." The jury ultimately convicted him of eight counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, a crime similar to producing child pornography.
Convicted in 2006, Sadler saw the conviction tossed out two years later by a state appeals court. In a split decision, the three-judge panel reversed the jury's verdict after taking issue with a search conducted of Sadler's home and a procedural error by a Pierce County Superior Court judge while jurors were being selected.
The appeals court decision did little good for Sadler at the time. Court records show he remained in prison for five more years as the state Supreme Court waited to hear an appeal from prosecutors.
Sadler attempted to get out of prison in 2011. His attorneys argued that he'd already reached his earned release date for the 2004 offenses; a judge opted not to order Sadler's release and instead left it to the Department of Corrections to decide when to free him.
In May 2013, the Pierce County Prosecutor's Office asked that the charges against Sadler be dismissed. Doing so, a deputy prosecutor claimed the girl purportedly abused by Sadler - who refused to participate in the 2006 trial - wasn't interested in testifying.
"Proceeding to trial would not be a wise use of the county's scarce resources," Deputy Prosecutor Michelle Hyer said in court papers. Hyer noted Sadler had already served more than eight years in prison.
With those charges dismissed, Sadler has what amounts to a clean criminal record and faces about 1 1/2 years in prison if the new allegations prove out.
Writing the court, a Seattle detective assigned to an online sex trafficking taskforce said Sadler bit after the detective contacted him posing as a 15-year-old child prostitute.
According to charging papers, Sadler had placed an advertisement in the "Casual Encounters" section of a website unnamed by investigators. Keying on the word "young" included in the explicit ad, the detective contacted Sadler on July 3.
Sadler exchanged messages with the fictitious girl for two days, ultimately offering to pay $150 for sex, the detective said in court papers. The detective said Sadler sent photos of his dungeon as well as detailed descriptions of the bondage and torture he had planned for the girl.
Police arrested Sadler on July 5 after he arrived at a meeting location he and the "girl" had agreed on, according to charging papers. Sadler is alleged to have told police he "didn't make any specific deals to do anything."
"I was just talking to her," he said, the detective told the court.
According to the detective, Sadler explained he planned to check the girl's id card and leave if she wasn't of age.
Sadler has since been charged with attempted communication with a minor for immoral purposes. He is currently being held at King County Jail on $250,000 bail.