A former New Jersey band teacher pleaded guilty Wednesday to downloading child pornography and luring a teenage boy to his apartment for sex.
Federal Judge Paul Gardephe scheduled a Nov. 4 trial for Michael Vanhise during a hearing Thursday.
Officer Gilberto Valle was found guilty of kidnapping conspiracy and accessing a federal government computer database to learn personal information about potential targets.
The jury has had the case since Thursday. If convicted on the most serious charge, Gilberto Valle could face a possible life sentence.
The defendant, wearing a dark suit and yellow tie, wept as his lawyer described how the case had “cost him everything,” including his wife and “adorable baby.”
Defense attorneys began Tuesday with the showing of a videotaped deposition of a Russian man who runs a fetish website.
The jury at the trial of a New York City police officer accused of plotting to kill women and eat their body parts won’t be shown gruesome photos from websites he visited but will see evidence of Internet searches on subjects like “how to cook a human,” a judge ruled on Monday.
Agent Anthony Foto told jurors at the trial of Officer Gilberto Valle on a kidnapping conspiracy charge that Valle claimed after his October arrest that he did not really enjoy talking to people about kidnapping, killing and eating women.
The lawyer, Robert Baum, directed FBI Agent Corey Walsh to obvious falsehoods in communications that the government has used as evidence that Officer Gilberto Valle was serious about attacking women he knew, including his wife.
FBI Agent Corey Walsh continues testifying Wednesday in the third day of evidence presentation in the two-week trial of 28-year-old Officer Gilberto Valle.
Four women who were alleged targets of 28-year-old Gilberto Valle testified Tuesday. It is the second day of testimony in the officer’s trial in federal court in Manhattan.
Federal prosecutors in Manhattan plan to use emails and other evidence to show that 28-year-old Gilberto Valle had dangerous schemes to abduct women and devour them.
Ahead of the start of the trial in the so-called cannibal cop case, federal Judge Paul Gardephe made several rulings in court on Thursday. And in almost every instance, he ruled for the defense.
The defense lawyer for the former NYPD officer accused of plotting to kidnap, cook and eat women claimed in court Monday that prosecutors are panicking as their case against Gilberto Valle crumbles.
Federal prosecutors said Monday that Gilberto Valle engaged in a grisly Internet chat with a man who said he was in India.