NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A federal appeals court has denied bail for a New York City police officer charged with conspiring to rape, kill and eat women.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied bail for Gilberto Valle on Tuesday.
Attorney Edward Zas argued for bail for Valle. He said the officer merely engaged in the same sexual fantasies as 40,000 other people who go on Internet sites that cater to fetishes.
Judge Chester Straub disputed the lawyer’s claim. He said there appeared to be evidence Valle took steps to carry out some of the plots. A prosecutor agreed.
Valle has been charged with plotting 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, authorities said.
The 28-year-old was arrested in October based on a tip from his estranged wife.
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.