Geoffrey Portway, a man residing in Boston, was planning to kidnap children, lock them in a basement, rape and eat them Authorities say this week in court documents that he should be imprisoned for at least 27 years.
Portway pleaded guilty in May to distribution and possession of child pornography and solicitation to commit a violent crime.
When his home in Worcester was searched last year, authorities found tens of thousands of computer images and videos of child pornography and 4,500 exchanges of child pornography between Portway and online chatters. The images included children being cooked and prepared to be eaten, court documents said.
Photos taken the day of Portway’s arrest, and released by prosecutors, show a narrow wooden staircase leading downstairs to a soundproof room. There was also a basement found, according to court documents. It was furnished with a metal cage with a circular hole for feeding, a rusted and worn steel-topped table, as well as multiple kinds of metal bondage equipment. Additionally, a child-sized coffin made of plywood was found on the floor nearby.
Portway’s lawyer told CNN his client “lived in a fantasy world” and there was no evidence he harmed any child. “Geoffrey lived in a fantasy world where he did live-action role playing, did things online unrelated to child porn and cannibalism. A lot of the chats that he had were, in his mind, fantasy,” the lawyer said. “When they went out to the other people he was talking to, these other people actually had kids they were taking photos of. Geoffrey did not have any kids he had abducted, though he certainly talked about it.”
Court documents show that in the kitchen, a jug of bleach was seen by the doorway, while a red child-sized “onesie” lay on the countertop, near snacks and disposable syringes. A butcher kit containing plastic gloves, multiple knives and other items was photographed in the sink.
Two other men who chatted with Portway have already been convicted. Portway is scheduled to be sentenced on September 17.