A Burbank police officer and his girlfriend were released from federal custody Wednesday following their arrests on charges of lying to federal authorities during an investigation into an alleged extortion scheme involving the woman and her estranged husband.
The officer, Anthony Valento, 42, and his girlfriend, Gayle Bassett, 30 — who are both married with children — are accused of lying to the FBI during an investigation of the alleged extortion plot against Bassett’s husband, Jeremy Bassett. Gayle Bassett has filed for divorce, while Anthony Valento's wife stated in court documents that she is in the process of doing so.
FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this story said both the Valentos and Bassetts are engaged in divorce procedings. In fact, only the Bassets are. The current version also clarifies the charges.
On Wednesday, a judge ordered Valento and Gayle Bassett to stay out of contact with each other, as well as with Jeremy Bassett.