By the time de Sade was 22, his sexual apatite was ever growing. At this time, his uncle was arrested and thrown in jail. This initially scared de Sade, until his uncle was quickly released with no repercussion. This showed de Sade that, if a man devoted to god can get away with debauchery, there would be no punishment for even his darkest sexual fantasies.
"I am impervious, impetuous, extreme in everything. I have a disorderly wealth of imagination and human conduct such as life never saw the equal youth. You must either kill me or take me for who I am, for I will never change" -Marquis de Sade
Upon his return from war, he was betrothed to Renée-Pélagie de Montreuil. The Montreuil family was extremely wealthy but there name did not carry out as much weight as the de Sade name. Through the young Marquis marriage to Renée, status was traded for wealth. This holy vow, however, did not stop de Sade from his deviant sexual en devours with mistresses.
His actions were becoming so notorious that the Paris police advised brothels to quit supplying de Sade with prostitutes.
At age 28, de Sade encountered his first major scandal and felt for the first time, consequences for his actions. He abducted a prostitute, and tortured her. This behavior was not so unusual or profane but it was the day in which he performed this torture. It was Easter Sunday, and the church had little tolerance for crimes committed on such a holy day. Luckily for de Sade, he was able to buy his way out of a prison sentence but not out of the slander to his name.
His horrific habits never dying, he committed his most offensive crime in 1772. He and his man servant went to the town of Marseille, ordered 4 prostetutes, and sodomized them. In addition to this, de Sade gave them candy soaked in the aphrodisiac, Spanish Fly, in an attempt to boost their sexual promiscuity. This actually made them very sick. Upon their escape, the prostetutes reported de Sade for attempted poisoning and sodomy.