A New York city police officer has been arrested after being accused of plotting to kidnap, torture, cook and eat women he had listed on his computer.
Reuters is reporting that officer Gilberto Valle III, a 6 year veteran of the NYPD, was charged with illegally accessing a federal crime database and conspiring to cross state lines with the intent to kidnap women.
The investigation of Valle began after his estranged wife found pornography on his computer. Police were also made aware that Valle had allegedly discussed his plans with other men on a website dedicated to those who fantasize about cannibalism.
The FBI seized Valle's computer and according to Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, investigators found a database of "at least 100 women and containing at least one photograph of each woman. The computer also contained personal information about some of these women -- including relevant addresses, physical descriptions and photographs -- and electronic communications in which Valle and co-conspirators detailed their plans."
Bharara also stated:
"Gilberto Valle's alleged plans to kidnap women so that they could be raped, tortured, killed, cooked and cannibalized shock the conscience. This case is all the more disturbing when you consider Valle's position as a New York City police officer and his sworn duty to serve and protect. Our investigation is ongoing."
The complaint against Valle alleges that he contacted at least two women who were mentioned in his plans. J. Peter Donald, an FBI spokesman, told CNN the agency has "no information to believe Mr. Valle harmed anyone at this time."
Excerpts from online conversations listed in the complaint quotes Valle as saying:
"I can just show up at her home unannounced. It will not alert her, and I can knock her out, wait until dark and kidnap her right out of her home."
"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."
Valle's attorney, Julia Gatto, told the judge presiding over the case that the complaint merely alleges "idle talk" and there was no actual criminal act committed. Magistrate Judge Henry Pitman disagreed with Gatto and denied bail.
According to CNBC, the judge stated:
"The allegations in the complaint are profoundly disturbing. I have never seen allegations similar to this in 16 years on the bench."