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FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2012, file courtroom drawing, Federal Defender Julie Gatto requests bail for her client, New York City Police Officer Gilberto Valle, right, at Manhattan Federal Court in New York. The New York City police officer accused of kidnapping conspiracy admits to thinking about abducting, cooking and devouring young women. His own lawyer has shown prospective jurors a kinky staged photo of a woman trussed up in a roasting pan to test their tolerance for the officers "weird proclivities." (AP Photo/Elizabeth Williams, File)

 New York - Opening statements were scheduled Monday in the sensational trial of a New York policeman accused of plotting to kidnap and eat women.

Prosecutors were to tell a jury that Gilberto Valle, a promising New York Police Department officer, conspired to kidnap women and illegally accessed the police database for detailed research into potential victims.

The allegations are so gruesome that the court had to screen potential jurors for their views on extreme sexual fantasies, even showing them a photograph of a woman trussed up in a cooking pan, with an apple stuffed in her mouth.

Lawyers for Valle are expected to say that the 28-year-old is a fantasist who harmed no one and never intended to kidnap, let alone cook his victims. They say he was part of a surprisingly active online community in which men discuss cannibalism as a fetish, without taking the idea further.

Valle has pleaded not guilty but faces a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted on the kidnapping conspiracy charge.

The officer, who had been aiming for promotion to sergeant, is in custody in Manhattan at the Metropolitan Correctional Center's Special Housing Unit for high-security prisoners. - Sapa-AFP

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FILE - This Oct. 25, 2012 file photo shows a passage of a Federal complaint filed in New York, against New York City Police Department officer Gilberto Valle. Valle is accused of kidnapping conspiracy and admits to thinking about abducting, cooking and devouring young women. His own lawyer has shown prospective jurors a kinky staged photo of a woman trussed up in a roasting pan to test their tolerance for the officers "weird proclivities." (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

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