TITUSVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida sheriff says a 21-year-old Texas man told an undercover deputy he wanted to “rape, kill, and cannibalize” a child.
Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey told news outlets Tuesday that Alexander Nathan Barter posted an online ad about trying “necrophilia and cannibalism and see how it feels to take a life.” Ivey says an undercover deputy who also works for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement saw it and offered Barter a child.
He says deputies then drove to Joaquin, a town of less than 1,000 people near the Texas-Louisiana line, and met with Barter. Ivey says Barter was arrested on charges including criminal attempt of capital murder and confessed before thanking the agents for “stopping him because he couldn’t stop himself.”
It’s unclear if Barter has a lawyer.
In a Facebook post, Sheriff Ivey wrote:
“It is hard for me to imagine that we have monsters walking among us who masquerade in human costumes as they prey upon our children!! In my 39 years of Law Enforcement I have never seen a more disgusting case!! I am so thankful to the members of our team who brought this individual to justice, without question saving the life of an innocent child who could have fallen victim to his desires.”
–WSPA contributed to this report.