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Geoffrey Portway of Worcester, Mass. was sentenced to 27 years in federal prison for trying to get a Kansas man to kidnap a child for him. The child pornographer had planned to torture, cook and eat the child in a soundproof dungeon he built in his basement.
According to Boston.com, the 40-year-old U.K. citizen was also told to pay $15,000 in restitution to five children. Court documents also showed that he shared child pornography 5,700 documented times.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Stacy Dawson Belf described Portway as a man bent on torturing and eating children. He noted that officials were lucky to discover his activities during a child pornography investigation.
On the other hand, Defense attorney Richard Sweeney asked Judge Timothy Hillman to help Portway, notes The Boston Herald. He said Portway “lived in a fantasy world” and never “actually touched or had contact with any children.”
The investigation into Portway’s activities started last summer, when the feds began tracking his web chat comments that were obsessed with child pornography and cannibalization. “I want to eat the two boys you will bring me. Perhaps not today, but it will happen. That is all I live for...I am serious. It is the only thing that gets me up in the morning,” one of the comments, which was read aloud in court by prosecutors, read.
Prosecutors also showed shocking and disturbing images of what Portway kept in his basement at his Worcester home. The items included a child-sized coffin, two freezers, a child-sized cage with places for restraints and butchering kits.
Once Portway’s 27 years in prison is over, he will be labelled a Level 3 sex offender and could be deported.