Massachusetts Cannibal: What Was Geoffrey Portway's Plan To Eat Children?
The "Massachusetts Cannibal" is facing 18 to 27 years in prison for his gruesome plan to rape, murder, and eat a child in his basement dungeon.
Geoffrey Portway, a 40-year-old British man and Worcester, Mass., resident, accepted a guilty plea which will see him serving a lengthy prison term.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Portway discussed with several people online their "mutual interest in abducting, raping, murdering, and eating children." Portway also traded pornographic images of dead and mutilated children with Michael Arnett, a Kansas man with whom Portway reportedly discussed carrying out his cannibalistic plan. In his online discussions with Arnett, Portway is said to have used the names of children he knew -- and could kidnap.
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When federal agents raided the "Massachusetts Cannibal's" home last July, they found an underground dungeon with a coffin, a steel cage and a table with rings to restrain a victim. Outside the dungeon, agents found two freezers, scalpels, and tools for castration.
"This dungeon was described in detail by Portway in recovered chats as a place he intended to use to keep kidnapped children while he sexually abused them and as a place to eventually murder and cannibalize the children," said a U.S. Attorney's Office spokesperson.
Portway's guilty plea is part of Operation Holitna, an ongoing investigation by the Department of Homeland Security. Following a 2010 discovery of images of child pornography on the computer of another Massachusetts man, Robert Diduca, over 50 people, including Portway, have been arrested.
"Portway's guilty plea should serve as a stern warning to those inclined to abuse children or share images of child pornography: there isn't a place in the United States, on the Internet, or the planet in which you are truly safe," said Bruce Foucart, who headed the Department of Homeland Security investigation against Portway. "We will investigate you, we will prosecute you and we will bring you to justice."
Portway will be sentenced in August, and will be deported following his prison term.
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