A Burbank police officer pleaded guilty Thursday to lying to federal authorities who were investigating an alleged plot involving his girlfriend and her estranged husband.
The 43-year-old officer, Anthony Valento, appeared in U.S. District Court Thursday afternoon to enter the guilty plea for making false statements, which was part of an agreement.
"This is what he would've been convicted of," said Valento's attorney Dale Rubin.
That same day, his girlfriend, Gayle Bassett, who was sitting next to Valento in court Thursday, agreed to plead guilty to conspiring to deprive her husband, Jeremy Bassett, of his constitutional rights by attempting to have him "prosecuted for a restraining order violation without probable cause," court records show.
She was initially charged with one count of lying to federal investigators during the probe. Gayle Bassett's plea agreement includes no prison time, though a judge must still agree to the deal.
Burbank Police Chief Scott LaChasse said he had not yet reviewed Valento's court proceedings, and therefore could not make a detailed statement.