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NY cop denies plan to cook, eat women

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Gilberto Valle III, 28, is seen in this courtroom sketch with his attorney Julia Gatto (center) when he pleaded not guilty to criminal charges before Judge Henry Pitman (left) in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, New York October 25.

NEW YORK - New York City police officer Gilberto Valle pleaded not guilty on Monday to conspiring to kidnap, torture, cook and eat women. 

The 28-year-old, of Forest Hills, Queens, was charged and arrested in October with conspiring to cross state lines to kidnap the women and with illegally accessing a federal database.

Prosecutors said some of the women were acquaintances of Valle but it was not clear if he knew or had met all of them.

Valle, who an official said had no prior criminal record, was not charged with carrying out any of his suspected plans. 

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At a brief hearing Monday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, Valle's attorney, Julia Gatto, told the judge she would again seek to have her client freed on bail after two other judges previously denied her request. 

Investigators uncovered a file on Valle's computer containing the names and pictures of at least 100 women, and the addresses and physical descriptions of some of them, according to the criminal complaint. 

The complaint said he had undertaken surveillance of some of the women at their places of employment and their homes.

Gatto argued that Valle, a 6-1/2 year NYPD veteran, was all talk and should be released on bail.

The charges carry a maximum sentence of life in prison. 

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