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NYC officer arrested in ghoulish kidnap plot
NEW YORK -- 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, 28, 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.
One document found on his computer was titled "Abducting and Cooking (Victim 1): A Blueprint," according to the complaint.
The file also had the woman's birth date and other personal information and a list of "materials needed" -- a car, chloroform and rope.
The woman told the FBI she knew Valle and met him for lunch in July, but that's as far as it went.
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 was scheduled to appear in federal court in Manhattan on Thursday afternoon.
He faces charges of kidnapping conspiracy and unauthorized use of law enforcement records.