Accused 'cannibal cop' Gilberto Valle pleads not guilty
Gilberto Valle, the NYPD's so-called "cannibal cop" indicted in an alleged plot to kidnap and eat women, pleaded not guilty in federal court Monday, and his lawyer said he will be making a new bid to get out on bail.
U.S. District Judge Paul Gardephe scheduled a hearing for Tuesday afternoon on the bail application, but warned Valle's attorney Julia Gatto, "You'll have a hard row to hoe."
Two previous judges ruled that Valle was too dangerous to release, and one of the women he allegedly discussed targeting has said she is fearful of Valle getting out. Prosecutor Hadassa Waxman said that victim's attorney will be in court to oppose release again.
Valle, a six-year NYPD veteran from Forest Hills, was arrested last month after his estranged wife tipped authorities to what investigators described as bizarre materials on his computer. He allegedly had pictures of 100 women on his computer, and had discussed kidnappings with co-conspirators who have not been identified.
The defense has argued that Valle was just fantasizing, and never actually agreed or planned to carry out a kidnapping. He has been charged with a kidnapping conspiracy and with illegally using a law enforcement database to research his plot.