“People can be convicted for thoughts”: ‘Cannibal cop’ attorney says decision will be appealed
PIX 11 ^ | 03/13/2013 | James Ford
Posted on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 10:48:59 AM by SeekAndFind
His online fantasies to kidnap, sexually torture, cook and eat women were more than just gory make believe. That’s what a jury concluded in its guilty verdict against so-called Cannibal Cop Gilberto Valle that left him, his lead attorney and his family in tears.
“I’m shocked!” was the terse reaction from the mother of Patrol Officer Valle as she ran out of the federal courthouse on Centre Street. Her outburst came minutes after the jury of six men and six women concluded that her son was guilty on the two charges he faced: conspiracy to kidnap and accessing a federal government database without authorization.
“It’s a devastating verdict for us,” said Valle’s lead defense attorney, Julia Gatto. ”We have poured our hearts and souls into this case, and it was devastating to hear, ‘Guilty.’ …I’m sure Mr. Valle was crying. I was certainly crying. It was very emotional to hear, since we believe so much in his innocence.”
Valle has always insisted that disturbing evidence on his computers seized by the FBI were part of a subculture of paraphilia of which he was a part. Paraphilia is a diagnosed mental condition, and paraphiliacs are sexually aroused by thoughts and images of cannibalism.
Among the evidence on the six-year NYPD veteran’s computers that led his now-estranged wife to report him to FBI investigators were images and videos of women chained up and bleeding.
An investigator admitted in court that the images and videos appeared to be staged scenarios. Valle also possessed images of women who appeared to be dead, as well as detailed profiles of women — many of whom were friends or acquaintances of his.
At least one of the profiles, titled “Abducting and Cooking Kimberly — A Blueprint” indicated criminal intent on Valle’s part. But in that document, he falsified all of the personal information for the woman he’d plotted with other paraphiliacs to kidnap and abuse.
In fact, Valle, 28, never carried out any of the plans he dreamed up………..