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Washington - A 40-year-old man who planned to kidnap, kill and devour children was on Tuesday sentenced to 26 years and eight months in prison in the north-eastern US state of Massachusetts.
Geoffrey Portway, a British citizen, pleaded guilty in May to the plot and to possessing and distributing child pornography, after being arrested in an international child pornography investigation.
The prison sentence was handed down by a court in Worcester, Massachusetts, where Portway lived.
Defence attorney Richard Sweeney said Portway only engaged in fantasy role-playing on the Internet and never intended to kidnap, kill and cannibalise a child.
Investigators found extensive Internet chats between Portway and other men arrested in the sweep, in which he described how he wanted to kidnap, kill and cut up children and then cook and eat them.
Prosecutor Carmen Ortiz said there was proof that Portway would kill a child, the Telegram & Gazette reported.
Authorities said they were fortunate to have caught Portway when they did.
Police who raided his home in Worcester, Massachusetts, found a dungeon with a child-sized coffin, scalpels and butchering kits, according to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.
The prosecutor called it clear proof that Portway planned to carry out his fantasies.
Portway tried to hire an accomplice to kidnap a child. Over months, he repeatedly asked one of his Internet chat partners to kidnap a child for him, with the intent that Portway would ultimately rape, kill and eat the child. - Sapa-dpa