NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A New York City police officer was denied bail on Tuesday, after pleading not guilty to charges he plotted to kidnap, torture, cook and eat at least 100 women whose photos, names and addresses authorities said he pulled from a confidential law enforcement database.
WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reports
Gilberto Valle entered the plea in federal court in Manhattan on Monday. Authorities arrested the 28-year-old NYPD officer last month based on a tip from his estranged wife.
U.S. Attorney Hadassa Waxman successfully argued to keep Valle locked up by releasing a Thanksgiving-themed e-mail prosecutors said was sent by Valle to his co-conspirators on Feb. 9.
The e-mail read, in part, “I’m planning on getting some girl meat this November for Thanksgiving. It’s a long way off but I’m getting a plan in motion. She will not be a volunteer. She has to be abducted. I know where she lives, I’ll grab her right from home.”
The defense argued that no women were harmed and that while the chatroom discussions were weird, it was just fantasy, WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reported.
One document on Valle’s computer was titled “Abducting and Cooking (Victim 1):A Blueprint,” according to a criminal complaint. The file also had the woman’s birthdate and other personal information and a list of “materials needed” — a car, chloroform and rope.
“I was thinking of tying her body onto some kind of apparatus — cook her over low heat, keep her alive as long as
possible,” Valle wrote in one exchange in July, the complaint said.
Valle had created a computer catalog with 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 restricted law enforcement database, authorities said. He claimed, according to the complaint, that he knew many of them.
Valle is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit kidnapping, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.
He is also charged with one count of intentionally and knowingly accessing a computer without authorization and exceeding his authorized access for allegedly using police computers to locate potential victims, officials said.
Valle was suspended from the police force after his arrest.
(TM and Copyright 2012 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2012 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)