Man Who Plotted to Imprison Child Gets 27 Years

Cops found dungeon in his Mass. home
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 17, 2013 6:06 PM CDT
Man Who Plotted to Imprison Child Gets 27 Years
This undated booking photo released in a document by the U.S. District Court shows Geoffrey Portway.   (AP Photo/U.S. District Court)

A sentencing today in Worcester, Mass., makes for rough reading: Prosecutors say 40-year-old Geoffrey Portway plotted to kidnap a child and then imprison, torture, kill, and cannibalize him in his homemade dungeon, reports the Boston Globe. The feds arrested Portway and a co-conspirator before anyone was abducted and seized a massive collection of violent child pornography from Portway's computer. He got 27 years in federal prison today.

Portway's lawyer says his client deserved time for the pornography but insisted the kidnapping plot was just a fantasy—including the child-size cage, coffin, restraints, and implements of torture found in a sound-proof dungeon in his basement, reports the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. “That is all I live for. I am serious," Portway wrote in one email of his plot. "It's the only thing that gets me up in the morning." He's a UK native and will be deported once he serves his sentence. (Read more Worcester stories.)

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