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NEW YORK (CNN) — A New York City police officer accused of conspiring to kidnap, rape, torture and cook a number of women and eat their body parts has been arrested and charged in the case, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan said Thursday.

Gilberto Valle, 28, a six-year NYPD veteran, was arrested Wednesday at his home in Queens. He is accused of illegally accessing a national crime database to locate potential targets, scouting some of them at their homes and workplaces, and exchanging e-mails and instant messages with alleged co-conspirators about plans to target women, the attorney’s office said.

“Gilberto Valle’s alleged plans to kidnap women so that they could be raped, tortured, killed, cooked, and cannibalized shock the conscience,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said. “This case is all the more disturbing when you consider Valle’s position as a New York City police officer and his…

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