A 40-year-old citizen of the United Kingdom, most recently living in Worcester, pleaded guilty Monday to charges of soliciting the kidnapping of a child and distribution of child pornography after authorities found a dungeon and child-sized coffin in his basement, the US attorney’s office said.
Geoffrey Portway engaged in numerous online chats with many like-minded individuals to trade child pornography, share photos of children personally known to him, and discuss a mutual interest in abducting, brutally raping, murdering, and eating the children, according to details of a plea agreement, said Christina DiIorio-Sterling, a spokeswoman for US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz.
The investigation, which began in Milford in 2010, has expanded to Europe and beyond, said Bruce M. Foucart, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston. “We have been able to rescue 160 children and arrest 51 perpetrators worldwide,” he said.
Portway was arrested July 29, 2012, said DiIorio-Sterling. Under the terms of a plea agreement, Portway pleaded guilty to solicitation to commit a crime of violence (kidnapping a child) and distribution and possession of child pornography, she said.
He will be sentenced on Aug. 2 to between 216 and 327 months in prison, a lifetime of supervised release, and will be registered as a Level 3 sex offender, according to the US attorney’s spokeswoman.
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