Ex-librarian in ‘cannibal cop’ case gets 15 years in prison for kidnap-killing plot

NEW YORK — A retired New York City school librarian has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for scheming to carry out gruesome fantasies of kidnapping, torturing and killing women and girls.

Robert Christopher Asch was sentenced Monday in Manhattan federal court.

The 65-year-old Manhattan resident was convicted in March 2014 along with a New Jersey auto mechanic.

Prosecutors said Asch conspired from the spring of 2011 to January 2013 to kidnap, torture and kill the wife of a co-defendant and a female FBI agent working undercover. No one was hurt.

He was arrested along with mechanic Michael Van Hise after Asch went to  to one of their meet-up places carrying two bags of tools including a Taser gun, rope, duct tape and a meat hammer.

Agents found documents about leg-spreaders and dental retractors.  They also found a black ski mask, hypodermic needles, handcuffs, leather ties and chrome forceps.

The convictions came a year after the headline-grabbing case of a police officer accused of plotting abductions and cannibalism.

A judge tossed the most serious charges after that trial and sentenced the ex-officer to time served for a misdemeanor.


Christopher Robert Ash was a former librarian at a Manhattan school.