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Jury finds New York 'cannibal cop' guilty

A New York City police officer was found guilty Tuesday of planning to kidnap and eat young women after a lurid trial which exposed an underground network of cannibal fantasists. Gilberto Valle, 28, dubbed the "cannibal cop," faces a possible life sentence after a sensational trial that transfixed the Big Apple's tabloid press and generated global headlines as horrific details of the case emerged.

Jury finds New York 'cannibal cop' guilty

New York's so-called "cannibal cop" was found guilty Tuesday of plotting to kidnap the young women he had fantasized about eating, after four days of jury deliberations in a US federal court. Gilberto Valle, 28, faces a possible life sentence. The case has riveted the Big Apple tabloid press and raised questions about freedom of speech. No women were harmed, and Valle's defense argued he merely had disturbing fantasies. Sentencing has been set for June 19 in the Manhattan federal court.

UPDATE 3-NYC 'cannibal cop' convicted of plot to kidnap women

(Adds defense, prosecution quotes, wife's testimony) By Chris Francescani NEW YORK, March 12 (Reuters) - A New York City police officer was convicted of plotting to kidnap, cook and eat women following a trial that shed light on an underworld of people who derive pleasure from fantasizing about cannibalism online.

CORRECTED-(OFFICIAL)-UPDATE 2-N.Y. 'cannibal cop' convicted of plot to kidnap women

(U.S. Attorney's office corrects maximum term for lesser charge) By Chris Francescani NEW YORK, March 12 (Reuters) - A New York City police officer was convicted of plotting to kidnap, cook and eat women following a trial that shed light on an underworld of people who derive pleasure from fantasizing about cannibalism online.

'Cannibal cop' weeps in fiery climax to trial

New York's alleged cannibal cop burst into tears at the end of a trial Thursday as his lawyer said he was guilty of no more than "ugly thoughts" and prosecutors dubbed him a dangerous sadist. The case, which has riveted the Big Apple tabloid media and raised questions about freedom of speech, was left for the Manhattan federal court jury to decide. Gilberto Valle, 28, is accused of conspiracy to kidnap young women, including his wife, whom he would then torture, kill and eat.

Fiery courtroom clash ends 'Cannibal cop' trial

The trial of New York's alleged cannibal cop ended Thursday in a fiery clash between his lawyer, who insisted his client was guilty of nothing more than "dirty thoughts," and prosecutors who dubbed the police officer a sadist. The case, which has riveted the Big Apple tabloid media and raised questions about freedom of speech, was left for the federal court jury to decide. Gilberto Valle, 28, is accused of conspiracy to kidnap young women that he would then torture, kill and eat.

UPDATE 1-Closing arguments begin in New York 'cannibal cop' case

(Adds prosecutor's statement) By Chris Francescani NEW YORK, March 7 (Reuters) - New York City's accused "cannibal cop" crossed the line from fantasy to reality in plotting to kidnap, cook and eat women, a federal prosecutor told a jury on Thursday in closing arguments. Police Officer Gilberto Valle, 28, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of conspiring to kidnap, saying he had merely engaged in online fetish role play. His defense attorney would get a chance to address jury later on Thursday.

US 'cannibal cop' defends 'fantasy' horrors

The founder of an extreme fetish website used by New York's "cannibal cop" testified Tuesday that online chats about women being eaten were a typical fantasy and compared the forum to Facebook. Sergey Merenkov, the main witness called by suspended policeman Gilberto Valle's lawyers in a single day of defense arguments, told the court his site darkfetishnet.com, a favorite of the accused, was "a social network."

US 'cannibal cop' starts trial defense

The founder of an extreme fetish website used by New York's "cannibal cop" testified Tuesday that online chats about women being eaten were a typical fantasy and compared his forum to Facebook. Sergey Merenkov, the first witness called by suspended policeman Gilberto Valle's defense team, told the court his site darkfetishnet.com, a favorite of the accused, was "a social network." "It's very similar to Facebook," said the Russian in videotaped evidence.

UPDATE 2-NY 'cannibal cop' in tears as defense rests after one day

(Adds defense resting case) By Chris Francescani NEW YORK, March 5 (Reuters) - The New York City cop on trial for plotting to kidnap, cook and eat women shed tears on Tuesday as his attorneys rested their case after one day. "Just knowing that we've finally come to the conclusion (of the trial) and that his fate is in the jury's hands" made Officer Gilberto Valle emotional, attorney Robert Baum said after court ended. "That's a huge weight for someone to bear," Baum said.
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