Geoffrey Portway, a Massachusetts man who went by the online moniker “Fat Longpig” and allegedly fantasized about raping, eating and killing children, is asking to be sentenced to 18 years in prison when he goes before a judge Tuesday.
Portway, a 40-year-old British citizen living in Worcester, pleaded guilty to three child pornography-related charges in May. Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to sentence him to 27 years in prison.
Portway’s attorneys are seeking a lesser sentence because while he expressed thoughts about cannibalizing, kidnapping and eating children, he never acted out on them, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Massachusetts.
Federal prosecutors submitted into evidence a number of online chats in which Portway spoke about cannibalizing children.
“I sooooo want to fatten, f---, kill cook [sic] and eat a boy,” Portway allegedly wrote in July 2012, adding that he would prefer a child that is, “plump, but not fat. Although I would eat a fat boy or a thin boy.”
“Fat Longpig” also described his basement “dungeon” that he said he planned on using to kill, rape and eat children. When one chat room participant asked Portway to describe his setup in September 2010, he wrote it’s a “locked basement, has a cage, has a table to tie people to, working on soundproofing now, going to cost a few thousand dollars more.”
Search warrant photos of Portway’s home showed a cluttered countertop with a red child’s onesie on it, pictures of the supposed dungeon, a child-sized coffin and handuffs:
Longpig” was evaluated by psychologist Eric L. Brown on four occasions from October 2012 to January 2013. Brown said Portway “is an excellent candidate for rehabilitation.”
“In the past, Mr. Portway has never received the full complement of treatment that is necessary for resolving his aberrant childhood fantasies and for achieving his psychological rehabilitation,” Brown wrote in his evaluation. “At the age of 40, Mr. Portway is highly motivated to change the negative course of his life if he is granted the opportunity to treat his problems."
Brown suggested that Portway “ought [to] participate in long-term, cognitive behavioral psychotherapy in order to learn to manage his negative emotions of anxiety and depression, and to mitigate his underlying defective self-image.” If he did that, Brown said, “his likelihood for recidivism and the danger that he poses to the community will both be acceptably low.”
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