A New York City police officer has been arrested after authorities say the man was plotting to kidnap, rape and eat as many as 100 women.
In a criminal complaint, police allege that the officer spoke online with a coconspirator, who wanted to buy a kidnapped woman. The pair then discussed a plan to cook the woman and eat her body parts, police allege. In an online exchange, the man is quoted as saying: “I was thinking of tying her body onto some kind of apparatus… cook her over a low heat, keep her alive as long as possible.”
It is also alleged that the man used a police database to keep track of potential targets.
According to an ABC News report, the man was arrested through a joint New York Police Department and FBI investigation as he met for lunch with one of his potential targets.
Gilberto Valle III, of Forest Hills, Queens, was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit kidnapping and for using the National Crime Information Center database to access unauthorized data.
The officer’s lawyer, Julia L. Gatto, argued in a court on Thursday that her client had fantasies, but he never acted on any of them. “At worst, this is someone who has sexual fantasies,” she said during a hearing in Manhattan Thursday.