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Man linked to New York 'cannibal cop' case seen pleading guilty

Published on Jan 15, 2014 10:06 AM

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - A Massachusetts hospital police official charged with conspiring to kidnap, torture and kill women as part of the so-called "cannibal cop" case is expected to plead guilty in New York this week, a court filing showed.

Richard Meltz, 65, of Nashua, New Hampshire, is set to enter a plea on Thursday, just weeks before he and two other accused co-conspirators are scheduled to go on trial.

The case grew out of an investigation into New York police officer Gilberto Valle, who was convicted last year of a plot to kidnap, cook and eat women, and earned the tabloid moniker "Cannibal Cop".

"After considering his options, Mr Meltz has decided to accept responsibility for his role in this case and with his plea to conspiracy charges hopes to put this massive error in judgment behind him and return to his wife and family," his lawyer Peter Brill said on Tuesday.

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