Ex-cop acquitted on cannibalism plot gets supervised release

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With his mother Elizabeth Valle by his side, GIlberto Valle, left, makes a short statement to the assembled media as he leaves Manhattan federal court in New York, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. A federal judge has overturned the conviction of Gilberto Valle, a former New York City police officer accused of plotting to kidnap, kill and eat young women. (AP Photo/Seth Weng)
Former New York Police Department officer Gilberto Valle, center, his surrounded by reporters as he walks with his mother Elizabeth after leaving court on Tuesday July 1, 2014 in New York. Judge Paul Gardephe ruled Monday that there was insufficient evidence to support a jury's guilty verdict in the kidnapping conspiracy conviction of Valle. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
GIlberto Valle, center, leaves Manhattan federal court in New York on Tuesday, July 1, 2014. A federal judge overturned the conviction of the former New York City police officer accused of plotting to kidnap, kill and eat young women. (AP Photo/Seth Weng)
GIlberto Valle leaves Manhattan federal court in New York on Tuesday, July 1, 2014. A federal judge overturned the conviction of the former New York City police officer accused of plotting to kidnap, kill and eat young women. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Former New York Police Department officer Gilberto Valle, center, places his arm around his mother Elizabeth as he leaves court on Tuesday July 1, 2014, in New York. Judge Paul Gardephe ruled Monday that there was insufficient evidence to support a jury's guilty verdict in the kidnapping conspiracy conviction of Valle. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
GIlberto Valle, center, leaves Manhattan federal court in New York in New York on Tuesday, July 1, 2014. A federal judge overturned the conviction of the former New York City police officer accused of plotting to kidnap, kill and eat young women. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
In this courtroom sketch, GIlberto Valle, second from left, looks over documents while attorney Julia Gatto rests her hand on his shoulder in Manhattan federal court in New York, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. A federal judge overturned the conviction of Valle, a former New York City police officer accused of plotting to kidnap, kill and eat young women. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Williams)
GIlberto Valle, right, is surrounded by reporters as he leaves Manhattan federal court in New York, Tuesday, July 1, 2014, with his mother Elizabeth Valle. A federal judge has overturned the conviction of Valle, a former New York City police officer accused of plotting to kidnap, kill and eat young women. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
In this courtroom sketch, GIlberto Valle, right, hugs his attorney Julia Gatto while his mother Elizabeth Valle, left, looks on before the start of the hearing in Manhattan federal court in New York, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. A federal judge has overturned the conviction of a former New York City police officer accused of plotting to kidnap, kill and eat young women. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Williams)
In this courtroom sketch, GIlberto Valle, center, sits with his attorneys Julia Gatto, left, and Robert Baum in Manhattan federal court in New York on Tuesday, July 1, 2014. On Tuesday, a federal judge overturned the conviction of Valle, a former New York City police officer accused of plotting to kidnap, kill and eat young women. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Williams)
Defense lawyers Robert Baum, second from left, and Julia Gatto, center, arrive for a news briefing on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 in New York. A federal jury convicted their client, New York City police officer Gilberto Valle, of charges he plotted to kidnap and cook women to dine on their “girl meat.” Valle, 28, faces up to life in prison when he is sentenced on June 19. With the conviction, he loses his job as a police officer. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2012, file courtroom drawing, Federal Defender Julie Gatto requests bail for her client, New York City Police Officer Gilberto Valle, right, at Manhattan Federal Court in New York. Valle, a police officer charged with plotting to kidnap, torture, cook and eat at least 100 women, had discussed having "girl meat" for Thanksgiving, prosecutors revealed during a bail hearing on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012. The judge on Tuesday denied bail, setting the trial for Jan. 22. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Williams, File)
Elizabeth Valle is surrounded by news reporters as she leaves court on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 in New York. A federal jury convicted her son, New York City police officer Gilberto Valle, of charges he plotted to kidnap and cook women to dine on their “girl meat.” Valle, 28, faces up to life in prison when he is sentenced on June 19. With the conviction, he loses his job as a police officer. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
FILE - This undated court evidence file photo shows New York City police Officer Gilberto Valle with his daughter. A jury on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, found Valle guilty of conspiring to kidnap, kill and cannibalize as many as six women that he knew, including his wife. (AP Photo/Provided by Attorney Julia L. Gatto, File)
A police officer stands guard outside the 26th precinct where police officer Gilberto Valle worked out of, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 in New York. Valle was charged Thursday in a ghoulish plot to kidnap and torture women and then cook and eat their body parts. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2012, file courtroom drawing, federal defender Julia Gatto requests bail for her client, New York City police Officer Gilberto Valle, right, at Manhattan Federal Court in New York. A federal judge has overturned the conviction of Valle, who was accused of kidnapping, killing and eating young women. According to reports, the judge ruled late Monday, June 30, 2014, there was insufficient evidence to support Valle's conviction. He acquitted Valle of kidnapping conspiracy charges. Valle could have faced life in prison. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Williams, File)
A man claiming to be the brother of New York City Police Officer Gilberto Valle is questioned by the media Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in the Queens borough of New York. The officer was charged Thursday in a ghoulish plot to kidnap and torture women and then cook and eat their body parts. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
This photo shows a passage of a Federal complaint filed in New York, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, against New York City Police Department officer Gilberto Valle. Valle, 28, is charged in a ghoulish plot to kidnap, rape, torture and kill women, and then cook and eat their body parts. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
This photo shows a passage of a Federal complaint filed in New York, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, against New York City Police Department officer Gilberto Valle. Valle, 28, is charged in a ghoulish plot to kidnap, rape, torture and kill women, and then cook and eat their body parts. AP Photo/Richard Drew)
This photo shows a passage of a Federal complaint filed in New York, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, against New York City Police Department officer Gilberto Valle. Valle, 28, is charged in a ghoulish plot to kidnap, rape, torture and kill women, and then cook and eat their body parts. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
This photo shows a passage of a Federal complaint filed in New York, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, against New York City Police Department officer Gilberto Valle. Valle, 28, is charged in a ghoulish plot to kidnap, rape, torture and kill women, and then cook and eat their body parts. AP Photo/Richard Drew)
View of Federal Courthouse in Manhattan where the trial of New York Police Department officer Gilberto Valle, accused of conspiring to kidnap women that he planned to cook and eat, began February 25, 2013 in New York. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
View of Federal Courthouse in Manhattan where the trial of New York Police Department officer Gilberto Valle, accused of conspiring to kidnap women that he planned to cook and eat, began February 25, 2013 in New York. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
View of Federal Courthouse in Manhattan where the trial of New York Police Department officer Gilberto Valle, accused of conspiring to kidnap women that he planned to cook and eat, began February 25, 2013 in New York. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
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(Reuters) - Four months after a judge overturned his conviction for plotting to kidnap and cannibalize women, a former New York City policeman walked out of a federal courthouse on Wednesday on one-year supervised release for a conviction on a lesser charge.

Judge Paul Gardephe overturned Gilberto Valle's conspiracy conviction in July, agreeing that Valle had only been fantasizing about kidnapping and cooking women to indulge a sexual fetish. He ruled the fantasy was protected by the U.S. Constitution.

But Gardephe let stand Valle's conviction for improperly accessing a police database, and for that sentenced him to 12 months in prison, which Gardephe said had already been served during the 20 months Valle spent in jail until July.

Prosecutors said Valle, 30, had used the database while he was still a police officer to look up the details of the women he fantasized about.

With his parents and a younger brother in the public gallery, Valle apologized in Manhattan's Federal District Court to the women who were the subjects of his violent fantasies, calling them "friends" and his actions "stupid."

"I just hope they know they were never endangered," he said, adding that he had been an "embarrassment" to his family, friends and the Police Department.

He told the court he now plans to go to law school and hopes to become a criminal defense attorney.

After the sentencing, Valle, dressed in a gray suit and checkered tie, talked about the infamy the case had earned him.

"My legacy is not going to be the guy who is the 'cannibal cop,'" he said, referring to the nickname he was given by the city's tabloids. "I have the women on my mind. I'm troubled by the attention they got because of my actions."

During the one-year supervised release, Valle is banned from visiting Dark Fetish Network and other fetish websites where he had discussed his fantasies, which included killing his wife, from whom he is now estranged.

The judge also banned Valle for a year from having contact with the women who were the subjects of his fantasies.

Prosecutors have said they would appeal Gardephe's ruling on the conspiracy charge but they have not yet done so.

"If they appeal, this is their fantasy because there was no crime," Valle's mother, Elizabeth Valle, said outside the courtroom.

'Cannibal Cop' Speaks After Sentencing
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