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Update: Would-Be Child Rapist and Cannibal Sentenced to 26 Years

Update September 20, 2013: British subject Jeffrey Portway was sentenced to 26 years and eight months in prison Tuesday, September 17, 2013, followed by supervised probation for life, that is if he survives to be released and if they don’t deport him the minute they let him out. He has been ordered to pay $3,000 in restitution to five children whose images he used in online chats. His online moniker, disturbingly enough, was “Fat Longpig.”

Portway’s sentence was the result of a plea agreement signed in May in which he agreed to plead guilty to to distribution and possession of child pornography and solicitation to commit a crime of violence. He was a known correspondent of creepy Florida puppeteer Ronald Brown, who had the same fetish, and Kansan Michael Arnett, who claimed to have already fulfilled the fantasy, promising to help each of the others do the same. By the time police caught up with Portway, he had already set up a sound-proof room in his home for the purpose of fulfilling that fantasy.

Full story on Portway and Brown, Arnett links, below.


Prosecutors Ask 27-Year Sentence for Massachusetts Child Porn ‘Cannibal’

Geoffrey Portway

Geoffrey Portway

Federal prosecutors in the case of Worcester, Massachusetts, man Geoffrey Portway, 40, are asking for a 27-year sentence after receiving a guilty plea from him in May. Portway pleaded guilty to solicitation to commit a crime of violence — kidnapping of a child — and distribution and possession of child pornography, and faces sentencing next week.

Michael Arnett

Michael Arnett

Portway, a British citizen born in Spain, first came to the attention of authorities in 2012 through his online participation in an Internet chat room for child cannibalism/child rape fetishists. During the online child porn crackdown called Operation Holitna that originated in Massachusetts, investigators intercepted chats between Portway and Michael Arnett, of Kansas, 38, who was arrested in May of that year. Portway was allegedly trying to get Arnett, who reportedly said he had already acted out this fantasy, to get him a child to eat. Arnett pleaded guilty in February 2013 to one count of producing child pornography and could get as many as 30 years in prison.

A search of Portway’s home turned up a soundproof, double-locked basement dungeon with what investigators described as a “child-sized homemade coffin,” a steel cage, freezers and disposable scalpels. He has not been charged in any kidnappings or killings. Thankfully, it seems that had not yet acted on his murderous fantasies.

Portway's soundproof dungeon.

Portway's soundproof dungeon.

Ronald Brown

Ronald Brown

Portway was also in contact with now-arrested puppeteer Ronald Brown (who also chatted with Arnett). Together Portway and Brown planned to abduct, torture, rape, murder and eat children that the Largo, Florida, puppeteer knew through his work with a local church.

According to the sentencing memorandum, Brown reportedly sent Portway a photo of one such boy “with lines drawn on him to identify the different cuts of meat.” The online discussion reportedly involved taking the child to a rented house in the Everglades, having their way with him and eating his body over several weeks. The “leftovers” were to be fed to the alligators.

In sentencing papers prosecutor called Portway’s crimes “some of the most vile and heinous crimes known to our society, namely participating in the sexual exploitation of young children through the possession and distribution of child pornography and soliciting the kidnapping of a child for the purpose of killing and consuming that child.” Portway’s sentencing is set for Tuesday.

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