Former Police Chief Sentenced To 10 Years Over Lurid Sexual Fantasies

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A former Massachusetts police chief was sentenced to 10 years in prison for a sexual fantasy involving kidnapping and murder.

Former Massachusetts Veterans Affairs Police Chief Richard Meltz, 66, was investigated as a co-conspirator in the New York Police Department's “cannibal cop” case of Gilberto Valle. While Valle chatted online about his plans to rape, kidnap and eat women, his accused co-conspirators had no cannibalistic intentions.

Meltz was charged along with retired Stuyvesant High School librarian Christopher Asch, 61, and New Jersey mechanic Michael Van Hise, 24. All of the men have denied that their chats were serious.

Meltz pleaded guilty to two charges of conspiracy. He admitted to conspiring since at least 2011 to kidnap and kill Van Hise’s wife and also to kidnap a woman who was an undercover FBI agent, CBS New York reported. 

U.S. District Judge Paul Gardephe gave him the maximum sentence Tuesday, calling his online chats far more than just Internet fantasies. He called Meltz “a danger to the community" and said there was "no question in his mind that the kidnapping(s) he discussed were real," Courthouse News Service reported.

Van Hise allegedly emailed both Meltz and Asch about kidnapping and killing his wife and his 9-year-old sister. His attorney argues that her client “lacked the criminal intent to kidnap,” the New York Post reported.

Van Hise and Asch were convicted in March of conspiracy to kidnap and murder women and girls.

Sources: New York Post, CBS New York, Courthouse News Service

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