NYC cop arrested in plot to kidnap, cook & eat women

(AP) - A city police officer was charged Thursday with leading a ghoulish double life by using a law enforcement database and fetish chat rooms

NEW YORK - (AP) - A city police officer was charged Thursday with leading a ghoulish double life by using a law enforcement database and fetish chat rooms to dream up a plot to torture women and then cook and eat their body parts. Gilberto Valle left a trail of emails, instant messages and computer files detailing the bizarre cannibalism scheme, according to a criminal complaint, which identified two women as Victim 1 and Victim 2. He catalogued at least 100 women on his computer, federal investigators said, but there was no information that anyone was harmed. The officer's estranged wife had alerted New York authorities to his chilling online activity, triggering the investigation that led to his arrest by the FBI on Wednesday, a law enforcement official said. The official was not authorized to speak publicly about an ongoing case and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. Valle, 28, was to appear in federal court in Manhattan on Thursday afternoon to face charges of kidnapping conspiracy and unauthorized use of law enforcement records. The name of his attorney was not immediately available, and no one answered the door to his home in a quiet, middle-class Queens neighborhood. A search of Valle's computer found he had created records of at least 100 women with their names, addresses and photos, the complaint says. Some of the information came from his unauthorized use of a law enforcement database, authorities said. He claimed, according to the complaint, that he knew many of them. There was no immediate response to a message left with the NYPD on Thursday. The complaint alleges that in February, Valle negotiated to kidnap another woman - Victim 2 - for someone else, writing, "$5,000 and she's all yours." Cellphone data revealed that Valle made calls on the block where the woman lives, the complaint says. An FBI agent interviewed the woman, who told them that she didn't know him well and was never in her home. Valle had been assigned to a Manhattan precinct before his suspension on Wednesday.

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