Federal authorities arrested a Burbank police officer Tuesday for his involvement in an alleged extortion scheme involving his girlfriend's estranged husband, state prosecutors and the FBI said.
Anthony Valento, a 17-year veteran of the Burbank Police Department, allegedly told his girlfriend Gayle Bassett's husband, who was not identified, that if he paid Bassett more than $100,000, Valento could get pending domestic violence charges against the husband reduced or dropped. The money would be handed over as part of an anticipated divorce settlement, the federal criminal complaint stated.
Bassett's husband was arrested in September 2012 after allegedly throwing a bottle and bottle opener at Bassett, choking her and throwing her to the ground, according to the complaint.
Valento did not respond to the incident, but records show that afterward, Valento reported Bassett's husband for multiple restraining-order violations, which resulted in additional charges being filed against Bassett's husband.