NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) -- Prosecutors said a New York City police officer charged with seeking to kill and eat women hinted in an online chat that his wife might have been on the menu.
Federal prosecutors said Monday that Gilberto Valle engaged in a grisly Internet chat with a man who said he was in India. They said Valle told the other man that his "girlfriend'' and his wife were both 25 years old, 5 feet 7 inches tall and 140 pounds.
According to prosecutors, the other man asked if the wife was vegetarian and Valle said yes. Prosecutors said the man told Valle her meat would be lower quality.
The 28-year-old Valle is charged with planning to kidnap, rape, kill and eat women.
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 had created a computer catalog with records of at least 100 women with their names, addresses and photos, according to the criminal complaint.
Lawyers said he was merely fantasizing and intended no violence. No women were actually injured.
Valle was suspended from the police force after his arrest.
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