US child porn suspect gets long prison term
By Denise Lavoie, APWORCESTER, Massachusetts--A British citizen who chatted online with other men about their desire to kidnap, rape, kill and eat children was sentenced Tuesday to nearly 27 years in prison in the U.S. after prosecutors showed photos of a basement dungeon he built, a child-sized coffin, butchering tools and metal restraints.
September 19, 2013, 12:25 am TWN
Geoffrey Portway, 40, was one of about 60 people arrested in an investigation of an international child pornography network that began in Massachusetts and has extended to at least a half dozen other countries. Assistant U.S. Attorney Stacy Dawson Belf said 167 children have been identified as victims and rescued during the investigation.
Portway, whose family moved around often and eventually settled in Worcester, Massachusetts, was sentenced to 26 years and eight months behind bars, just under the 27-year, three-month sentence sought by prosecutors.
As a British citizen, he faces deportation. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Hillman said he agreed with prosecutors that Portway should serve his full sentence before he is sent to the United Kingdom. Sweeney, however, said he has the right to seek to serve his sentence in his home country.
Belf said chats recovered from Portway's computer show he solicited people for help to kidnap a child with the intent of raping, killing and eating the child. She disputed claims by Portway's attorney that he was merely fantasizing and did not intend to do the things he described online.
Belf read from one of his chats and said Portway had assembled everything he needed to carry out his plan, except for a child.
“I want to eat ... the two boys you will bring me,” Belf quoted Portway as writing. “Perhaps not today, but it will happen. That is all I live for ... I am serious. It is the only thing that gets me up in the morning.”
Belf said Portway “can only claim fantasy here because he hadn't done it yet.”