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Former Stuyvesant Librarian Among Two Charged With Alleged Plot To Murder Women, Children

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Two men, including a former librarian at Stuyvesant High School, did not enter pleas during a Monday court appearance in Manhattan in connection to what law enforcement officials say was a plot to kidnap, torture and kill women, children and infants.

Christopher Asch, a 60-year-old former librarian at Stuyvesant High School, and Richard Meltz, a 65-year-old police official with a Massachusetts veterans hospital, were detained without bail.

A criminal complaint said the two suspects referred to the planned killings as the "snuffing" of women, children and babies, including Meltz's wife.

Meltz's lawyer told the judge that the plot was only fantasy, but the FBI complaint says the two took concrete steps to carry out their plans, like acquiring a stun gun and chemicals to anesthetize their victims.

On Monday, investigators with the Federal Bureau of Investigation searched the West Village home of Asch.

The Department of Education says Asch, seen above left in the courtroom sketch, was reassigned in 2009 following allegations he inappropriately touched students and retired last year.

Officials say Meltz, seen above right in the courtroom sketch, was taken into custody in New Jersey on Monday morning and tried to commit suicide in jail.

NY1 reached out to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for comment.

Asch and Meltz are each charged with one count of conspiracy to commit kidnapping, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Asch is due back in court on May 15 and Meltz is due back in court on May 13.

Sources tell NY1 the investigation into Asch and Meltz grew out of the so-called Cannibal Cop case.

Gilberto Valle -- a former NYPD officer -- was convicted last month of plotting to kidnap, cook and eat women.

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