A British man has been sent to jail after he admitted planning to kidnap, torture and eat at least one child. Geoffrey Portway admitted to using a sound-proofed dungeon he built in his home for this purpose in Massachusetts and was sentenced to nearly 27 years in U.S. prison on Tuesday September 17th.
Prosecutors say last year federal agents discovered the dungeon, a child-size homemade coffin, and butcher kits in the basement of Portway's Worcester home. The federal agents also discovered some 4,500 exchanges of child pornography on Portway’s computer.
"The long and serious sentence ... reflects the serious nature of the crimes that he committed, and the fact that these are not victimless crimes," U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz told reporters outside the courthouse. "We got there just in time, and I'm grateful for that."
The case was part of a larger federal investigation into a child pornography ring that began in Massachusetts in 2010 and expanded internationally. Some 60 people have been prosecuted and more than 160 children have been identified as victims and rescued, officials said.
Portway admitted in a plea agreement to having had online chats with numerous people about "a mutual interest in abducting, raping, murdering, and eating children." His attorney claims his client is "sick" and should be punished, but added that he never intended to carry out any plans to harm children.
Portway will be deported to the UK after he completes his prison term.