Appeals Court Clears So-Called 'Cannibal Cop' on Final Outstanding Charge
A computer fraud violation remained on Gilberto Valle's record until Thursday's decision
Former New York City policeman Gilberto Valle, who had been tabbed the “Cannibal Cop” for being prosecuted for fantasizing on an online forum about cooking and eating his wife and other women, has been cleared of all criminal charges, according to a ruling this week by a federal appeals court.
In 2013, a jury convicted Valle of conspiring to kidnap, rape, torture, cook and several women. That conviction was later overturned by a federal judge, but a count related to violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act remained on his record.
Valle requested that his conviction on that single charge be vacated while the U.S. Attorney’s office sought to overturn his acquittal on the other criminal charges.
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A Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel moved on Thursday to preserve Valle’s acquittal while clearing him of computer fraud, according to a copy of their order, which was obtained by PEOPLE.
Valle never acted upon his thoughts to abuse, cook, and devour women.
The NYPD fired Valle soon after his arrest, and he and his wife divorced that same year.