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 said an undercover deputy who also worked for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement saw the ad and offered Barter a child.
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Over the course of several days of communication, polcie said Barter asked "if he could kill the child and detailed gruesome acts that he would like to do to the intended victim before and after death."
Barter then shared a plan with the undercover agent where they could meet and he could take the would-be victim to a rural area "where the child would be sexually assaulted, killed and then cannibalized."
Deputies drove to Joaquin, a town of less than 1,000 people near the Texas-Louisiana line, and met with Barter who was found to be in possession of a knife and several plastic trash bags to portion and transport the child's remains.
Ivey said Barter was arrested on charges including criminal solicitation, criminal attempt: capital murder, conspiracy to commit capital murder and criminal attempt: sexual performance of a child.
Barter confessed before thanking the agents for "stopping him because he couldn't stop himself." It's unclear if Barter has a lawyer.
The investigation into Barter's history is ongoing, police said.