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Child cannibalism was allegedly man's fantasy

| Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, 8:50 p.m.

NEWARK, N.J. — A man charged with luring an underage boy for a sexual encounter two years ago made numerous online postings expressing fantasies of child cannibalism, federal authorities said on Wednesday in announcing new charges against him.

Robert Mucha, 56, has been jailed on a child pornography possession charge from July. On Wednesday, the U.S. attorney's office added another child pornography count and a count of enticing a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity. The enticing count carries a minimum 10-year prison sentence and a maximum life sentence upon conviction.

Mucha, of Newton, a town in the northwestern part of the state, made a brief appearance in U.S. District Court on Wednesday. He didn't enter a plea and remained held without bail.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Bruck said during the hearing that investigators reviewed 30,000 lines of online chat room conversations in which Mucha expressed his sexual fantasies of child cannibalism.

“They are unspeakably horrific,” Bruck told U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Hammer.

Investigators said that after Mucha's arrest in July, when images of child pornography were found during a search of his home, he admitted fantasizing about abducting, cooking and eating children.

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