BYRAM - A former Byram community leader is accused of plotting to kidnap, rape, torture and kill women and children.

Byram Township police say Richard Meltz was discussing his plans with co-conspirator Chris Asch, of New York, via email, phone calls, and meetings.

In a 23-page complaint filed by the U.S. Attorney's Office, those conversations were highlighted, including details on potential victims.

Neighbors near Meltz's Ross Road home say they had no idea what kind of man was living next door.

Meltz is a former police officer and city councilman.

Byram Mayor Jim Oscovitch says he's shocked by the allegations.