A New York City police officer was arrested and charged with plotting to kidnap, kill and cook more than 100 women.
The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a criminal complaint unsealed today in federal court in Manhattan that last month it learned Gilberto Valle III, 28, of Forest Hills, Queens, was sending e-mail and instant messages from his home computer discussing plans to “kidnap, rape, torture, kill, cook and eat body parts of a number of women.”
The FBI searched the computer and found files with information and photographs of at least 100 women and electronic communications in which Valle and unidentified co-conspirators detailed their plans, according to the complaint.
“The allegations in the complaint really need no description from us,” Mary E. Galligan, acting assistant director of the FBI’s New York office, said in a statement. “They speak for themselves. It would be an understatement merely to say Valle’s own words and actions were shocking.”
Valle is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit kidnapping, which carries a maximum penalty of life in prison and a $250,000 fine. He is also charged with one count of gaining access to a computer without authorization to obtain information from a federal department or agency, which carries a maximum sentence of five years and a $250,000 fine.
Prosecutors said Valle went into the National Crime Information Center database to obtain information about a specific woman.
Valle has been suspended from the NYPD and an investigation is continuing, Paul Browne, a spokesman for the department, said in a telephone interview.
Valle was arrested yesterday at his residence and is scheduled to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Henry Pitman in in Manhattan today.
The case is U.S. v. Valle, 12-mag-2820, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).