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Alexander Barter, 23, pleaded guilty on December 27, 2019 to federal child exploitation violations, which included repeated interest in raping, killing and cannibalizing a 13-year-old girl as part of an undercover sting operation in Shelby County, Texas.

In October 2018, Alexander posted an ad on a dark web site stating:

“I’d like to try necrophilia and cannibalism and see how it feels to take a life. If you’d be willing to let me kill you, are in the US (preferably in the south) and can travel by car, contact me.”

An undercover officer saw the ad and responded, utilizing the persona of a father with a 13-year old daughter. Between Oct. 9 and Oct. 19, 2018, Alexander and the undercover officer exchanged a series of messages that included Alexander’s repeated interest in raping, killing and eating the 13-year old girl.

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Alexander provided the undercover officer with instructions on traveling from Florida to Shelby County, Texas, what to tell the child to get her acquiescence to travel, and how to conceal evidence of their crime.

On Oct. 19, 2018, Alexander arrived at the designated meet site in Joaquin, Texas, with a knife, trash bag, cellphone, and a tablet where he was then arrested.

Alexander entered into a plea agreement with the government that includes a sentence of 240 months imprisonment on each count. Accordingly, Alexander will face a minimum term of 20 years in federal prison and a maximum sentence of 40 years when he is sentenced.