NEW YORK (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a New York City police officer's scheme to torture women and eat their body parts was no fantasy.
A judge has ordered a New York City police officer accused of plotting to torture women and cook and eat their body parts detained without bail after his initial appearance in federal court. Magistrate Judge Henry Pitman agreed on Thursday that Gilberto Valle should be jailed on allegations he called "unspeakable" and "profoundly disturbing."
The shocking allegations against Valle, a six-year New York Police Department veteran, were revealed in a criminal complaint charging him with kidnapping conspiracy and unauthorized use of a database.
The six-year officer sat quietly throughout the hearing, answering "yes, Your Honor" to the judge.
Public defender Julia Gatto had asked for bail, saying the purported plot was "fantasy in a sexual world." She noted that there were no allegations that anyone was actually harmed.
A prosecutor disagreed, saying the Valle had to be arrested because he was too close to carrying out the plot.